Police: Women paid to make sex claims against Sen. Menendez

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, March 18, 2013 14:46 EDT
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Police in the Dominican Republic said Monday that three women who claimed they had sex with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) were actually paid by a third party to make false claims, according to The Associated Press.

Two of the women were paid $425 each, while a third was paid $300, police reportedly said. Police spokesperson Maximo Baez added that the payments were traced back to an attorney, Melanio Figueroa.

The allegations initially appeared to align with earlier claims passed to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) by someone claiming to be named “Peter Williams.” Williams reportedly said that Menendez visited a prostitute in the Dominican Republic, but a subsequent FBI investigation turned up no evidence.

Video of the women was carried in February by the conservative Daily Caller website, run by Republican pundit and former CNN contributor Tucker Carlson. The site, which has featured dozens of stories about the allegations, did not appear to be featuring any stories on Monday afternoon about police finding that the women were paid to fabricate the stories.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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