After broadcast, Hustler won't say whether it has another senator in its sights
Telling Larry King that his investigators are working on 30 "solid" leads of prominent Washingtonians engaged in sex scandals, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt said he is now just trying to decide how he will reveal the names.
The publication date for the names has not been finalized, Flynt said, but Hustler could end up printing all 30 at once.
"The last thing now is we don't know if we want to let it to drip, drip, drip or we want to go with everything at once," Flynt said.
Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, a Republican who pressed "family values" issues, admitted he hired a prostitute from so-called "DC Madam" Deborah Jean Palfrey after a reporter from Hustler called his office for comment.
Flynt said his investigators have been cooperating with Palfrey in seeking to expose other hypocritical politicians in Washington, and he took out an ad in the Washington Post last month offering $1 million for information on politicians engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior.
The ad generated 10 times as many leads as a similar request he made during former President Clinton's impeachment proceedings, bringing in more than 300 tips initially, Flynt told King.
"They're down to about 30 now which is solid," Flynt said.
King asked whether Flynt was surprised to see any of the names emerge in the investigation, but he encouraged Flynt not to reveal any names during the broadcast, citing legal concerns.
"I was shocked, especially at one senator," Flynt said.
It is unclear whether Flynt was referring to Vitter or another senator whose name is yet to emerge. Bruce David, Hustler's editorial director, refused to clarify Flynt's remarks.
"Sorry -- No Comment at this time," David said in an e-mail to RAW STORY.
Palfrey appeared on King's show with Flynt and she estimated there could be as many as 100 high-profile names on the list. Palfrey's lawyer said he would be releasing another batch of names next week.
The following video is from CNN's Larry King Live, broadcast on July 17.