WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez may be making an unanticipated trip to the Dominican Republic. A judge wants to hear from him about a prostitute’s statement that she was paid to falsely claim she had sex with him.
Did she turn a trick, or was she tricked? Those are among the questions Menendez is sure to be asked, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday.
All of this surfaced after a woman who said she appeared in an Internet video claiming the New Jersey senator paid her for sex at a Caribbean resort reportedly changed her story. That woman, identified as Nexis de los Santos, now says she was reading from a script after being recruited by a lawyer.
“From the very beginning, I have said that this was an effort that began during my election by a right-wing blog with nameless, faceless, anonymous sources that were driving a story to defame me that were absolute outright false smears,” Sen. Menendez told WCBS 880’s Steve Scott in the first interview he’s granted since the scandal broke. “Today’s news obviously indicates that that’s exactly what it was.”