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Thursday
Dec202012

Olympic Runner Suzy Favor Hamilton Worked as Escort in Vegas

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Former U.S. Olympian and decorated middle-distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton said Thursday that she had worked as a high-paid escort in Las Vegas for the past year.

In a story first reported by The Smoking Gun, Favor Hamilton, 44, said that she worked as an escort under the alias "Kelly Lundy" with Haley Heston Private Collection escort service based in Vegas.

According to the website advertising her services that was saved by The Smoking Gun, Favor Hamilton offered appointments to johns in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She advertised her price as $600 for one hour or $1,400 for three hours.

Favor Hamilton, who lives with her husband and 7-year-old daughter in Madison, Wis., makes frequent public appearances to discuss running, including motivational speeches and had a spot in a Nike ad.

She told The Smoking Gun that her husband, Mark, 44, knew about her escort activities and did not approve.

"He tried, he tried to get me to stop. He wasn't supportive of this at all," she told them.

After the report was published Thursday morning, Favor Hamilton took to her Twitter account to apologize publicly.

"I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life. It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life," she wrote.

"I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me. I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter and friend."

Favor Hamilton wrote on Twitter that she was going through depression when she decided to become an escort and used it as a means of escape, and that she is currently seeing a psychologist.

In an email to ABC News, Favor Hamilton wrote that her Twitter statements were her only comment on the story, but did add, "Trying my best to get better."

The phone number for Haley Heston Private Collection, listed as the contact information on Favor Hamilton's escort profile, was answered by a woman who said, "This is Haley." She declined to comment on The Smoking Gun story and said she could not confirm the details in The Smoking Gun's report.

Favor Hamilton competed in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, without medaling in any of the races. She did win seven National Track & Field Championships, including three outdoor 1,500 meters, and was a nine-time NCAA champion while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin.

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Tuesday
Apr242012

New Jersey State Police Officers Suspended for High-Speed Escort

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(TRENTON, N.J.) -- The lawyer for a New Jersey state trooper who was suspended for escorting a high-speed caravan of exotic cars to Atlantic City said Tuesday that such escorts "happen all the time."

Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry, 47, and trooper Joseph Ventrella, 28, were suspended without pay on Monday while the New Jersey attorney general and state police investigate the March 30 incident.

Motorists who were caught in the whirlwind of the Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris said the "joyride" down the Garden State Parkway was dangerous for other drivers sharing the road.

"I had the great pleasure today of nearly being killed by not one, but two Lamborghinis travelling in excess of 110 mph in a NJSP escorted 'caravan' of approximately 30 exotic vehicles," motorist Wayne Gantt wrote in an emailed complaint to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. A copy of the complaints were provided to ABC News.

Many of the vehicles were weaving through all three lanes, Gantt wrote.

Motorist John Kennedy said it was "a very strange and unsafe situation that I could not comprehend the need."

Among those reportedly participating in the high-speed jaunt to Atlantic City was NFL star Brandon Jacobs, the New Jersey Star Ledger reported.

Charles Sciarra, who is the attorney for Nassry, said "other corporate types and a philanthropist" were also involved, but declined to name names while he was conducting his own investigation.

Sciarra said the drivers were heading to the gambling mecca because they were involved in a charity event. He did not provide any details on that event.

"These escorts happen all the time so the suggestion this was some uncommon event is a joke," Sciarra said.

The lawyer said Nassry is a 25-year veteran and that the story is "overblown."

"The suspension of my client, without pay, after a 25-year unblemished career without a full investigation is a public relations reaction," Sciarra said.

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said his office was investigating the incident and would hand down "serious discipline" to those involved.

"We will not tolerate any conduct by a member of the State Police that puts the public in jeopardy, as this unauthorized caravan had the potential to do," Chiesa said.

Sciarra said the state's alleged widespread use of police escorts needed to be investigated, not just his client's case.

"Someone has to do an investigation. If the state police won't, I will," he said, noting that he has requested records. "Then we can have an honest discussion and evaluation of whether this [case] was handled correctly."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun282011

DC Police Taking Heat for Celebrity Escorts

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Sirens wail, motorcycles block intersections, and black SUVs cut through congested streets amid the flashing lights of police cars.

Motorcades such as this are a common disruption to commuters in Washington, D.C., where the president, vice president and foreign diplomats are whisked through the capital city every day.

But when it was revealed last week that D.C.'s police were blaring sirens and blocking roads for celebrities like Charlie Sheen and Jay-Z, drivers -- and officials -- were less than thrilled.

"We can't afford to have taxpayer dollars spent on private events," Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the City Council Judiciary Committee, adding that she has launched an internal investigation into the matter.

Sheen says he was escorted from the Dulles Airport to a live performance in downtown D.C. on April 19.  During the ride Sheen tweeted, "In car with Police escort in front and rear! Driving like someone's about to deliver a baby! Cop car lights #Spinning!" along with a photo of the speedometer reading 80 mph.  The actor was running almost an hour late to his show, after spending the day in a Los Angeles divorce court seeking custody of his twin sons.

Chief Lanier said the escort violated department protocol and launched an internal investigation and audit of escort practices.

Sheen is not the only celebrity to receive a police escort in D.C.  Lanier told the council there are 17 documented instances of stars like Bill Gates, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel being swept through traffic by police vehicles.  The officers involved in the escorts were off-duty and were reimbursed for their time.

But local politician, Phil Mendelson, a member of the D.C. city council, said escorts should only be used when there is a public safety concern or for honorary purposes like funeral processions.  He stressed that patrol car lights and sirens should be reserved for a select few circumstances.

But the nation's capitol is not the only city police force that has come under fire over police escorts for celebrities.  In New York, the city police faced criticism in April after allegations that a police van escorted Sean "P.Diddy" Combs for one city block after his concert.

And what about the city of angels, where many celebrities reside?  A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said it does not officially sanction any police escorts for celebrities.  But the LAPD does provide an escort when the president is in town and will escort England's royal couple during their upcoming visit to Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reported in 2008 that the LAPD sent more than a dozen motorcycle officers, two police cars and a helicopter to transport pop star Britney Spears from her home to the UCLA Medical Center.

The LAPD spokesperson said "it wasn't a celebrity escort" and the security detail was necessary to push through the throng of paparazzi lining the streets outside Spears' house.  The helicopter, she said, was to monitor any issue that might arise.

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