Coming Clean

Menendez Escort: I Made It All Up

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Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks during a press conference on an agreement for principles on comprehensive immigration reform framework at the US Capitol in Washington on Jan. 28, 2013.

At least she 'fessed up. One of the escorts who claimed in a video that New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez paid her for sex during a visit to the Dominican Republic has told police that it was all a lie. She said she was paid by a lawyer (whom she identified) and that she has never actually met or seen the senator before. That lawyer then identified another lawyer who provided a script and paid him to find women willing to lie on tape. Menendez, meanwhile, has denied the prostitution claims, calling them "smears" used by his enemies to sabotage his recent reelection campaign and his selection as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.