Contact of the Republican WH hopeful appeared in the phone list of a madam, who provides prostitutes to politicians
Washington: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s private life has come under renewed scrutiny amid fresh allegations that his phone number was listed in contacts kept by a Washington madam who provided prostitutes to politicians.
The claim added a fresh twist to recent allegations that Cruz cheated on his wife Heidi by keeping five mistresses.
Cruz, who had earlier dismissed the allegations as "complete garbage" spread by opponent and party front-runner Donald Trump’s supporters, on Monday denied having extra-marital affairs. He said, "I have always been faithful to my wife."
The National Enquirer magazine was about to give the rumours fresh impetus by reporting in its next edition that Cruz’s number appeared in the contacts list of the late Deborah Palfrey, who ran an escort agency in Washington offering prostitutes to wealthy clients for $300 an hour.
Palfrey hung herself in 2008 before she could serve a 55-year jail sentence imposed after a court convicted her of charges that included racketeering and money laundering.
Montgomery Sibley, her former lawyer, has appealed to the US Supreme Court for permission to publish the contents of the so-called "black book" — said to contain 15,000 pages of phone records.
Investigators said the numbers referred to by Sibley were probably those of Cruz’s. "If Sibley has what he says he has, it has to be Cruz," said Wayne Madsen, from a team of reporters who probed Palfrey’s business for Hustler, a monthly pornographic magazine.
Even if Cruz’s name were in the contacts book, it would not invalidate his denial of marital infidelity, as the numbers cover the period 1996 to 2006 — which includes a timespan before he married his wife in 2001.
US presidential aspirant Donald Trump tweeted a video that features clips of anti-Trump protests, violence and a bloodied police officer before a narration, “We’re at war”. The video splices a clip of a gun firing with footage from a cancelled Trump rally.
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