Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is embroiled in a number of scandals, including the charge that he used his position as a U.S. senator to benefit a campaign donor’s business interests. However, one of those scandal — the allegations that he engaged the services of prostitutes while on multiple trips to the Dominican Republic — may have been fabricated. In court documents obtained by the Washington Post, one of the prostitutes who originally alleged that Menendez patronized her services claims that she was paid to make that charge.
An escort who appeared on a video claiming Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex has told Dominican Republic police that she was instead paid to make up the claims in a tape recording and has never met or seen the senator before, according to court documents and two people briefed on her claim.
In the original tape, as reported in The Daily Caller, two women claim they met Menendez at a Dominican resort. Both claim that Menendez promised to pay them $500 for sex, but they were compensated only $100 each for their work.
Now, one of the sex workers is backing down from the claim. In an affidavit obtained by the Washington Post, one of the women on the tape claims she was videotaped without her knowledge. The Washington Post further reports that “she and a colleague were offered money by a lawyer to read from a script” implicating both Menendez and his donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen.
Melgen’s office was recently raided by the FBI in connection with a criminal fraud investigation. Menendez recently reimbursed Melgen over $50,000 for the use of his private jet for personal trips he took to the Dominican Republic.
Read the full report via the Washington Post
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