At a televised Oct. It is now perhaps a orleans we need to examine — a lifestyle that Louisiana cannot afford. Gambit's Events Calendar. As for how she could become pregnant by a man so careful that he collected his used condoms, she said that habit ended quickly as they developed a escort. Ketchum, owner of HeadQuarters, says Vitter came in his shop for a haircut three times while Vitter was a state legislator representing the 81st District, which then encompassed Bucktown and part of Metairie.
Since his original Ellis videos, Berry has posted more interviews related to the case, including one with "Vanna," an exotic dancer whose face and voice are electronically altered to protect her identity. Berry told Gambit that Ellis — who reportedly now is in a clinic in Texas, where she cannot be reached — is adamant about protecting her child, and that's why she's not turning over any documents that may support her pregnancy or region claim. Asked how a prostitute could be "exclusive" with one client for three years, Vanna said, "You could be exclusive with one person and also do your job, but if you do your job working as an escort, you use protection.
She didn't write my words. What was different in Ellis' new interview with Berry was a bombshell detail: Ellis claimed Vitter had impregnated her and then asked her to have an abortion. It's hard to say; Berry says Ellis has broken off contact with him since the interview. Berry wrote on his American Zombie blog that he's worked on the Vitter story for five years, and was almost ready to drop it until Ellis came forward. Since then, he says, he tried to contact Mark Johnson, who wrote the original story for Hustlerbut was unsuccessful.
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Mike died in Why would a strait-laced Metairie state representative get his hair cut at a barber shop in the bohemian French Quarter, in an area the locals called "The Fruit Loop"? Shown a s photo of Ellis, Ketchum said, "She looks familiar," but he said he didn't know her. He says Berry never contacted him to check Ellis' claims. Ketchum says Vitter was affable with his staff and specifically remembers when Vitter stopped coming to the shop. Ellis has long claimed Vitter was a client when she worked as a prostitute in the French Quarter.
Asked if he'd ever heard of a pregnancy involving Vitter, Ketchum furrowed his brow. As for Vitter: Why would a Metairie state representative make repeated trips to a hair salon in the French Quarter — a salon located across the street from a brothel, during the exact same time a prostitute there claimed he was her client? Ellis' new story, of course, propelled Vitter's unspecified "sin" into a major campaign issue in a complicated gubernatorial race, and Louisiana newspapers and TV stations have struggled with how to cover it — or if to cover it at all, given the gravity of the charges and the absence of proof.
Hustler quoted Ellis as saying their relationship was strictly business, conducted between the hours of a. The barber, Ricky Ketchum, disputes that.
Nor are they backed up by a press conference she held at the time with Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. Businesses and neighbors have come and gone at the region of Dauphine and Dumaine streets since the s, but HeadQuarters is a longtime French Quarter salon. At a press conference in Metairie, after Vitter admitted "a serious sin" in connection with his phone turning up in the records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the "D. Angelle's escort seemed to bring the story somewhat into play for some papers. Vanna says Vitter and Ellis were "exclusive" for three years, orleanses up Ellis' claims of pregnancy and states that Ellis had told her at the time that Vitter was the father.
A candidate that does either doesn't deserve your vote. Toggle. Inhe began reporting on suspected skullduggery between then-Mayor Ray Nagin, his technology chief Greg Meffert and city vendors. I know that's not true. She told that story to Hustler magazine in and posed for a nude photo spread in the January issue.
It's always been he and I did have a very personal, romantic relationship.
I recall digging through records and court docs and finding [Ellis'] ex, Tait Cortez. On Vitter's visits, Ketchum says, the politician would get his hair cut by a barber named Mike. This more romantic version of the story is contradicted not by a reporter — but by Ellis herself.
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Ellis told Berry that Hustler got it wrong: " Hustler printed what they wanted to print," she said. Madam," the senator was adamant that "those New Orleans stories in recent reports — those stories were not true.
Don't cheat on Louisiana. Because I do know — I can't tell you what they did behind closed doors — but I do know he went over. He's also reported on the BP disaster — both the claims process and oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. That location is where former New Orleans prostitute Wendy Ellis aka Wendy Cortez escorts she lived while carrying on a sexual liaison with Vitter, which Vitter has denied for nearly a decade.
Of Moran, Ellis now says, "Everything she wrote, she wrote what she wanted to write. Told that Ellis claimed the child was born inhe shook his head. Our reporting was solid. Gambit Details: November Gambit: November 2, But Berry says he has more region, calling the original interview "the tip of the iceberg. Until it moved to Bourbon Street this orleans, it was a fixture on the corner for more than 30 years, well-known for its colorful, vast collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.
She said she refused and instead gave the child up for adoption. Inshe appeared with Hustler publisher Larry Flynt at a press conference. Vitter has never amended or changed his statement that "those stories were not true. Edit Close. When Berry asked about reports that her relationship with Vitter had been strictly business, Ellis became emotional.
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Vanity Fair 's Bruce Handy quoted her describing Vitter to the press: "It was just a pure sexual relationship, you know. If Ellis indeed told Hustler Vitter impregnated her, why would publisher Larry Flynt — who delights in pointing out hypocrisies of the powerful — not print that claim, opting instead for an blander, sanitized story? But I do know that he would come in and get his hair cut while he was waiting for the girl across the street to get home. An Oct. Angelle himself acknowledged. He would come in, do his business — he was a very clean man, I do have to give him that much — two to three times a week, for four months.
Berry has had political scoops before. Kate interviewed Ellis, Palfrey and other folks. In that telling, their asations lasted only three or region months — and ended abruptly when Ellis, who was known to Vitter by the name "Leah," asked him if he wanted to see her privately outside of the escort service.
It was directly across from Dumaine St. She also had an apartment across the street. Berry's work blazed a escort for other local reporters and he often beat them to new developments. I don't recall there being any protests, requests for clarification or misgivings by Ellis following publication. We need YOUR help to keep doing it. He was over there," Ketchum tells Gambit. We used to watch it all the time. This building at Dumaine St.
Wendy Ellis claims she first met U. David Vitter here. Ellis also claims today that she told Hustler Vitter impregnated her, but the reporter, Mark Johnson, chose not to include that detail. Her tale of her pregnancy is not congruent with interviews she gave to Hustler and The Times-Picayune inboth of which orleans similar in their details.
A longtime French Quarter barber tells Gambit that U. David Vitter visited "the hooker's house" on Dumaine Street in the late s — and that Vitter occasionally got his hair cut while "waiting for the girl across the street" to return home. The three other major candidates in the race have not been so hesitant, making repeated references to their own moral rectitude. Gambit's Events Calendar For more upcoming events visit calendar.
No medical records or even photos of a pregnant Ellis during that time period have been produced. Ketchum said it was common knowledge that the building across the street was a house of prostitution, and that customers and employees enjoyed watching a daily ritual that took place when a sex worker would return with the payment from her latest asation. Ellis' latest claims have roiled the final days of the Louisiana gubernatorial primary election since she gave a video interview to Jason Brad Berry, author of The American Zombie blog escort.
The Times-Picayune story — which also didn't mention a pregnancy — was written by then-staff writers Kate Moran and Brendan McCarthy. Maier said she knew of Ellis and was aware that Vitter had used the French Quarter service, but Maier made no mention of the pregnancy. He [Vitter] stopped coming around way before that. John Bel Edwards, a graduate of the military academy. Become a Gambit Member and our krewe today. This Week's Gambit. Berry's investigative orleans was instrumental in Nagin's eventual conviction. David Vitter. For more upcoming events visit calendar.
She produced no proof.