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Dominican Prostitute in Menendez Scandal Says They Were ‘Very Mistreated’

Posted on | February 4, 2013 | 27 Comments

Here’s this morning’s Menendez headline stack at the Drudge Report:

I point this out because there were people in the comments of my post this morning (“HookerGate: Miami Herald Confirms Elements of Menendez Prostitute Story“) who were wondering if the mainstream media were going to ignore this story and let Menendez skate. And the answer to that question is, I don’t think they can, even if they wanted to.

Consider this latest report from David Martosko and Charles C. Johnson at the Daily Caller:

A Dominican prostitute’s firsthand account of sex parties allegedly attended by New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez refers specifically to another participant: Vinicio “Vinicito” Castillo Seman, the scion of a prominent Dominican political family who serves as a lawyer for his cousin, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in the Caribbean nation. . . .
At least one of the women allegedly involved has said she was younger than 18 when she first had sex with Sen. Menendez.
In her account, sent via email on April 21, 2012 to the liberal advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the prostitute identified “Vinicito” by name as a participant, along with Melgen and Menendez. . . .
“It was during some yacht outings that I realized I needed to get out of there,” the young prostitute wrote in one email included in that collection, “because these people are so important and they do whatever they want with whomever they want.”
“Vinicito was there, who goes to many of the doctor’s functions and invents things [to do] with the young girls, and then forces them to do the same things with the doctor’s friend. And he really liked it and wanted to take them to another place, but I don’t know where. They threatened those girls and told them to not talk, and that they couldn’t leave.” . . .
In an April 28 email to CREW about the sex parties, the same woman said that “we women are very mistreated,” especially “the younger ones between 16 and 18 years old.”

Go read the whole thing. Menendez denies banging hookers, underage or otherwise, during his Caribbean holidays, but Menendez also originally denied accepting free flights to the Dominican aboard his shady Palm Beach campaign contributor’s private jet — until the FBI started snooping around, and Menendez figured out the jig was up.

What you’re beginning to see now is the drip-drip-drip effect: Once the scandal got serious enough that the New York Times was forced to report on it, that served as a signal to other news organizations that this is a legitimate story, rather than (as many mainstream reporters had apparently wanted to believe) just some flimsy thing ginned up by Menendez’s right-wing enemies.

Guess what? There’s much, much more to come.

Remember that, on Oct. 31, I was able to name Menendez as the focus of the scandal even before the Daily Caller published its first article about the scandal. And what I’m hearing through the grapevine now is that there is so much related stuff — various interesting details about Senator Menendez’s divorce, for example — that the sources are doling out to other news organizations bits and pieces that Daily Caller and don’t have time to report. There is an entire dossier on Menendez, in other words, and now that there’s blood in the water and lots of journalistic sharks circling the scandal-plagued senator, the contents of that file will be unloaded.

Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald describes the “mystery novel” aspects of the Menendez story and the shadowy tipster who broke it:

The investigation into his ties with Menendez began in August, after the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sent an agent the complaint that “Peter Williams” first sent to CREW months before.
CREW, ABC News the FBI had trouble getting Williams to be forthcoming. He refused to meet with them or speak on the phone.
CREW’s executive director, Melanie Sloan, said Williams was also suspicious because the self-described American citizen and father of two daughters claimed to know about the illicit activity since 2008. But he only complained in an election year when control of the Senate was up for grabs.
At one point, on Sept. 12, FBI agent Regino Chavez emailed Williams and said “we have been able to confirm” most of the information he provided. But it’s not clear what that information was.
On Nov. 1, Chavez seemed annoyed that Williams had provided him no access to the alleged prostitutes yet two others gave an interview with the conservative Daily Caller website just before the election that Menendez won. Those prostitutes were not underage and neither claimed Menendez consorted with minors.
Williams suggested that he was not aware of those two prostitutes. They can’t be found any longer. Their former lawyer, Melanio Figueroa, has stopped returning press calls.
The email trail with the agent, sent anonymously to reporters late last month before Menendez was set to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ends in late December.

Hmmm. So the FBI agent Chavez was “able to confirm” the mysterious tipster’s information in September, and yet it was not until January that the FBI raided the Palm Beach offices of Menendez’s big donor Dr. Melgen. Could it be that powerful political figures at the Justice Department were less than eager to pursue this investigation?

Just askin’ questions. As Professor Jacobson says, I’m “all over the story like a U.S. Senator on a Dominican prostitute.” Expect more, soon.




  • gloogle gloogle

    And where are all the feminazis to scream about the sexploitation of these girls, these children?

    Isn’t it amazing how, when crunch time comes, they defer to powerful men???

  • Neo

    It is a sad day when a Dominican prostitute is more believable than the Majority Leader of the US Senate, but ..
    is there really any difference ?

  • McGehee

    A Dominican prostitute is expected to deliver on what she promises.

  • Roxeanne de Luca

    Liberal men sexually mistreat women? The sexual revolution has not made all women into sexually empowered beings who are never the playthings of powerful men? The focus on contraception has allowed men to mistreat women with the full knowledge that 20% of their earnings will never be snagged by a court for child support?

    Say it ain’t so.

  • TC_LeatherPenguin

    Like with Gunga Dan Rather, they gotta be dragged, kicking and screaming, but the scruffy Interweb upstarts have made it impossible for them to try ignoring it anymore.

  • richard mcenroe

    Guys, there’s just not that much to this story. A sitting US Senator from the Democratic Party took advantage of the international sex trade to molest underage girls. Happens all the time.

  • richard mcenroe

    Powerful Democratic men.

  • Adjoran

    As if Harry Reid or the Holder Justice Department were thought to be paragons of virtue?

    Face the facts: if the press in America were even a little bit dedicated to “news” reporting without regard to its effect on Democratic politicians and policies, Reid and Holder would likely be in prison now – most certainly they would be far from any position of public trust.

    If, in the end, Menendez is hoist on his own petard, so to speak, it will only be because his seat is safe and his contribution in no way unique. Had his name been Kennedy instead, he would be defended even if caught on video eating the living heart of an underaged hooker.

    Catching and expelling and/or prosecuting one corrupt Democrat is like the shark hunters in Jaws believing they had made the beaches safe by catching one shark. The waters are teeming with them.

  • Rob Crawford

    And is less likely to sell herself cheap.

  • Rob Crawford

    Not as frequently since Gristle-Head Ted passed away, though.

  • richard mcenroe

    And before someone brings it up, may I just point out that when our batshit crazy GOP politician disappeared to foreign countries for sex, at least he was sane enough to get a leg over with a consenting grownup…

  • richard mcenroe

    And Sandwich Chris Dodd retired…

  • jsn2

    Reid’s trying to keep Menendez from panicking.

  • 20thCenturyVole

    What’s the old saying about “caught in bed with a dead hooker or a live boy”?

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Drip, drip, drip…Rule 5!

  • G Joubert

    I don’t know about others but as for me I am growing more and more suspicious of something that I’ve seen bandied about lately, which is that it’s evil drug dealers who are really behind the spreading of these vicious lies about the precious Senator Menendez. It’s not quite there yet, but my bull$hit meter is soon goonna redline. As you and many others have wondered, how is it that a Florida eye doctor is even in the running for a billion dollar “port security” gig in the Dominican Republic? An eye doctor, it must be noted, who is knee deep in apparent Medicare fraud. Knowing as we do the way the left commonly lapses into the psychological ruse of projection (accuse the accusers!!), I can’t help but wonder who the drug traffickers exactly are in this scenario. It explains a lot.

  • Matthew W

    Prostitutes say that they were “Very mistreated”.

    I’ll bet it turns out that the DEMOCRAT slime is also a cheap bastard (with his own money).

  • Christy Waters

    “Toddlers & Tiaras” number one fan. #PedophileCandyStore

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  • Wombat_socho

    That’s already been established; he apparently short-changed one or more of the working girls.

  • Wombat_socho

    I’ll bet all that is why he went to the Dominican instead of hitting on the local talent in Jersey.

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  • Gene Goodman

    I dub Menendez Senator Sleaze-Bob.

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  • thorgodofthenorth

    All these so called women’s groups are total cowards to remain silent on this. Really, what is your motivation for existing as an organization? Pathetic.