US Olympian admits leading double life as prostitute
A three-time US Olympic track star made the leap from running to hooking.
Suzy Favor Hamilton confessed to leading a sordid double-life as a high-flying $600-an-hour call girl.
“I realise I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them,” said Hamilton (44), via her Twitter account. “I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing.”
An Olympian in 1992, 1996 and 2000, Hamilton offered an apology and added that she was seeing a psychologist and hoping to keep her marriage and family intact.
The Madison resident is married to her college sweetheart, and the two have a seven-year-old daughter. She began her illicit second career a year ago. She said her husband knew about her escort sideline. “I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression,” she tweeted.
“As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed, therefore never hurting anybody.”
Beginning in December 2011, she was billed as “Kelly Lundy” for a top Las Vegas escort service — jetting to visit clients in the gambling mecca, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
The web site reported she was paid in cash stuffed inside envelopes left in the bathrooms at swanky hotels where she met with her johns.
In addition to the $600 (Rs 33,000) hourly rate, she offered a 24-hour charge of $6,000 (Rs 3.3 lakh) for the ‘girlfriend experience.’
“I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life,” she tweeted.
“It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life.”