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Woman apologizes for outing U.S. State Department official as client of escort service

Woman apologizes for outing U.S. State Department official as client of escort service

A woman apologized Monday for outing a former top State Department official as a client of her Washington escort service but said it was necessary to prove her company was doing legal business.
A federal grand jury indicted Deborah Jeane Palfrey in March on charges of running a high-class call girl ring in the U.S. capital from her home in Vallejo, California. She maintains the escort service did not engage in prostitution.
Palfrey said she turned over phone records to ABC News hoping the documents would unveil thousands of clients, such as Randall Tobias, and compel them to testify on her behalf.
Tobias resigned as head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs on Friday, the same day ABC reported that Tobias had used Palfrey's escort firm, Pamela Martin & Associates. Tobias told the network he only received legal services such as massages.
"My hope that defense witnesses could be found by combing through the information indeed is being realized," Palfrey said Monday in a prepared statement after appearing in federal court.
Tobias did not return calls seeking comment from The Associated Press.
Prosecutors have accused Palfrey of seeking to intimidate witnesses by outing them publicly.
Palfrey's civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, said he does not know how many people will be outed by ABC, which is planning to air a report Friday on its "20/20" newsmagazine.
On its Web site Monday, ABC did not release identities but described Palfrey's customers as a Bush administration economist, a prominent chief executive officer, the head of a conservative think tank, lobbyists and military officials.
During Monday's hearing, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered a new attorney be appointed for Palfrey, citing irreconcilable differences between her and public defender A.J. Kramer.
Kessler denied a request to appoint a specific lawyer requested by Palfrey. The judge said Palfrey will no longer have to wear an electronic monitoring device that had been a condition of her pretrial release. She will be required to check in with court officials by phone three times a week.


Updated : 2021-06-21 12:44 GMT+08:00