Report: Women Were Paid To Lie About Menendez Prostitution Claims

The story that Senator Robert Menendez paid fox sex while in the Dominican Republic appears to be falling apart:

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Three women were paid to falsely claim in videotaped interviews that they had sex for money with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in the Dominican Republic, a spokesman for the police said today.

The women, whose claims generated media attention in the United States, were hired by a Dominican attorney to make the videotaped statements, spokesman Maximo Baez told reporters. Two of the women received about $425 and the other was paid about $300, he said.

Authorities are seeking to interrogate the attorney, Melanio Figueroa, about the payments and have not determined his motive or whether he was in turn paid by someone else to set up the interviews, Baez said.

The women have not been detained.

The police spokesman was making his most detailed comments to date on an investigation into the source of allegations that Menendez had sex with prostitutes, including two who were underage at the time, while in the Dominican Republic with his friend and campaign contributor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, a south Florida doctor, and with Vinicio Castillo Seman, an attorney whose family is politically prominent in the Dominican Republic. Castillo and Menendez have denied hiring prostitutes.

Castillo, a cousin of Melgen, requested the investigation into what he said were “false and defamatory” accusations.

Two of the videotaped interviews with the women were published on a conservative Washington website as Menendez ran for re-election in November. The allegations gained wider attention after federal agents searched Melgen’s office and the senator acknowledged that he failed to reimburse $58,000 for two flights on a private jet for trips to the Dominican Republic.

Dominican authorities also said that none of the women were underage at the time of the alleged incident.  Earlier this month, another Menendez accuser recanted her allegations and said that she too had been paid to make the claims. Menendez remains under investigation for his financial dealings with Dr. Melgen, but this part of the story appears to be dead.  The interesting question is who paid these women, and why.

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Comments

  1. Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    ” Paid fox sex?!”

    Pervert.

  2. mantis says:

    Menendez remains under investigation for his financial dealings with Dr. Melgen, but this part of the story appears to be dead.

    Maybe in the reality-based world, but it isn’t dead among the dead-enders, that’s for sure! Jay Tea Jenos the Dim and his ilk will continue to flog this, as it has already become a “fact” in the wingnut bubble that Menendez likes underage hookers. Such “facts” never die.

    The interesting question is who paid these women, and why.

    Best guess: political opponents who knew Menendez had some shady financial dealings and influence peddling but knows it takes a sex scandal to get any attention in Washington paid them to shine a light on the Senator’s activities. It worked. I can’t say I really blame them for their choice of tactic. If our news/political media were less sex-obsessed and actually cared about exposing corruption, revealing it could be done more honestly.

  3. wr says:

    But…but….but… Jenos Tea insisted that the allegations were true and the WaPo story casting doubt on them were false… and he knew this because Tucker Carlson had promised him. Now who can little Jenos believe?

    Oh, wait, he’ll keep on believing Tucker Carlson. Doesn’t matter how many times the Daily Tucker is proved to be run by liars — they tell him what he likes hearing.

  4. C. Clavin says:

    This seems to be good for Menendez…but as you say…he is still being investigated by a Miami federal grand jury for his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor.
    We’ll see how those pan out in the end.
    (I’m sure Jenos has already pronounced him guilty based on a Daily Caller story.)

  5. legion says:

    What’s the over-under on that attorney being found with a set of concrete galoshes?

  6. David M says:

    @C. Clavin:

    (I’m sure Jenos has already pronounced him guilty based on the “D” after his name.)

    Fixerated.

  7. Neil Hudelson says:

    Authorities are seeking to interrogate the attorney, Melanio Figueroa, about the payments and have not determined his motive or whether he was in turn paid by someone else to set up the interviews, Baez said.

    Somehow I don’t think the attorney paid these women because he had a personal vendetta against the Senator.

  8. Liberal Capitalist says:

    … sigh.

    So: Republican lie for their own benefit… and innocent people are destroyed.

    Again.

    Didn’t we just have that story with the Nixon article earlier?

    Republicans lie. Sun rises. Rain’s wet.

    OK… we get it.

    I mean, doesn’t that just come with what passes for (R) today?

    (… don’t even get me started on the Ryan Budget.)

    The brand is dead.

    Why don’t they just rename themselves as the Very Silly Greedy Fearful (VSGF) Party, and let the moderate conservatives form a new party of sorts.

    (yes, the F was for Fearful. Really. )

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Liberal Capitalist:

    So: Republican lie for their own benefit…

    So: Republican Democrats lie for their own benefit…

    Never underestimate the depravity of your side. We like to think we would never stoop that low…

    But we have.

  10. Xerxes says:

    One caveat. The affadavits read like the King’s Spanish. Methinks the prostitutes are not educated enough to write or speak that well. It still stinks

  11. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    @Liberal Capitalist:

    So: Republican lie for their own benefit…

    So: Democrats lie for their own benefit…

    Never underestimate the depravity of your side. We like to think we would never stoop that low…

    But we have.

    Whoh… Your kung-foo is strong !!!

    This is some fierce logic you have… both sides do it… and to prove it, we will make that statement by trying to remind you of that … as a way to deflect paid off hookers and slander.

    Sir, I am agog of this.

  12. edmondo says:

    This freminds me of an old story:

    A prostitute and a senator walk into a bar, he’s the only one in the place…..

  13. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Let’s see.. the first debunking by the WaPo cited a hooker who A) gave the wrong age (said she was 23, theDC’s hooker said she was 24); B) gave a bogus voter ID number (gave 11 digits, genuine ones have 12); and C) gave a home address on a street that doesn’t exist. Yeah, that was a thorough rebutting.

    This one? I’m sure it’s just as solid.

    And, as Doug notes, this only serves to help Menendez’ defenders pretend that there is no scandal, by focusing all the attention on the sex part. That lets them pretend that the financial shenanigans don’t exist.

    I’m sure that Menendez is as innocent of corruption as his predecessors, Jon Corzine and Robert Torricelli.

  14. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Liberal Capitalist:

    Sir, I am agog of this.

    Sir, you are a hypocritical holier than thou ass, and I would very much appreciate it if you would stop associating with my (Democrats) party. We have enough trouble without idiots like you gumming up the works.

  15. mantis says:

    @Jay Tea’s puppet Jenos the Dim:

    Let’s see.. the first debunking by the WaPo cited a hooker who A) gave the wrong age (said she was 23, theDC’s hooker said she was 24)

    No woman has ever given different ages to different people before, so clearly this is proof of the WaPo’s poor reporting.

    gave a bogus voter ID number (gave 11 digits, genuine ones have 12);

    As was pointed out to you in the earlier thread (which you ignored), neither you nor the DC understand Dominican ID numbers. Cedulas are composed of the serial of the municipality of issue and a sequential number. As you may not understand, sequential numbers increase in digits regularly. So this woman might have been issued an 11-digit cedula when she was 16, but new cedulas are 12 digits now (if that’s even true; I don’t trust the DC to get any detail right).

    gave a home address on a street that doesn’t exist.

    First of all, “the DC claims they can’t find a street on a map” does not equal “street doesn’t exist.” The DC has shown themselves to be credulous dupes without a shred of journalistic integrity, and they do not provide the street address they claim to be unable to find so others can look it up themselves.

    Yeah, that was a thorough rebutting.

    It pretty clearly showed that the DC was taken in by liars, and the prostitution story was very likely invented. But you’ll ignore that because she said she was 23 and 24, so clearly Menendez is into prostitutes. QED.

    And, as Doug notes, this only serves to help Menendez’ defenders pretend that there is no scandal, by focusing all the attention on the sex part. That lets them pretend that the financial shenanigans don’t exist.

    Who is pretending that the likely financial corruption doesn’t exist? It’s idiot wingnuts fault for pushing on the prostitution story so hard when it should have been abandoned to focus on the real misdeeds in evidence here, further distracting from the actual scandal in favor of the invented one.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to the next Onion Daily Caller “reporting” you fall for.

  16. Andre Kenji says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    B) gave a bogus voter ID number (gave 11 digits, genuine ones have 12);

    Don´t be so stupid. Id numbers are SEQUENTIAL. My own Id number has eight digits, my Mom´s(And people of her age) ID number has seven digits. Soon in the future people are going to have ID numbers with nine digits. Earlier ID numbers are going to have less digits than recent ID numbers, it´s simple as that. There is no exact number of digits.
    (In Brazil ID numbers, until now, are being issued by state).

    The Dominican Republic ID system has some digits used to identify the municipality that issued the document, but all over the world ID numbers are sequential. So, some people have different number of digits in their ID numbers.

    If people can´t figure out such a basic thing they should be talking about that.