Prostitute Who Claimed Senator Paid Her For Sex Admits She Was Paid To Lie
One of two women who appeared in videos that seemed to corroborate a tipster’s allegation that Sen. Robert Menendez engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic last year now says she was paid to make up the claims and has never seen or met the New Jersey Democrat, the Washington Post reports.
The Post story is being challenged by the website that reported the initial allegations against Menendez, the right wing rag The Daily Caller.
The female escort in the Post story dentified a lawyer who she said approached her and a colleague and offered them money to read from a script, but did not tell them it would be videotaped. That man then identified another lawyer who he says gave him the script and paid him to find women who would be willing to fabricate the claims, according to affidavits obtained by the Post.
FBI agents conducting interviews in the Dominican Republic have not found any evidence to back up the original tipster, sources told the Post. Last month, Menendez, who has maintained his innocence, slammed the allegations as “smears” being peddled by “right-wing blogs.”
Days before his reelection last November, the conservative news site The Daily Caller published the videos, which blurred the women’s faces, along with an article alleging that Menendez had flown to the Dominican Republic and slept with prostitutes at a resort where Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor who has made sizeable donations to Menendez, had a home.