Affidavit: Former Vice Mayor Admits to Sex with Alleged Prostitute
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ A former vice mayor admitted having sex with an alleged prostitute but didn’t know he was being videotaped, according to an affidavit.
Doug Danziger made the admission in a telephone interview Sept. 13 with Dade State Attorney’s Office investigator Ronald Ohlzen, Ohlzen said in a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday.
Danziger resigned as vice mayor in July after his name was linked to Kathy Willets, whose attorney has maintained she is a nymphomaniac, not a prostitute. Danziger has denied knowing Mrs. Willets.
Mrs. Willets’ husband, Jeffrey, a suspended Broward County sheriff’s deputy, is accused of being her pimp and watching her encounters from a bedroom closet in their Tamarac home.
According to Thursday’s Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Ohlzen said Danziger told him that he ″did engage in sexual encounters with a female, identified as Kathy Willets ... and that he, Danziger, had no knowledge of any audio or video cameras or devices being present, nor did he consent to the audio or visual recordings of the sexual encounters.″
Danziger, who has an unlisted phone number, could not be reached for comment. Ohlzen declined to comment.
A reporter for the television tabloid show ″Inside Edition″ has said attorneys representing the Willetses tried to sell him a videotape of Danziger and Mrs. Willets having sex for $60,000.
Ohlzen’s affidavit was prepared for Dade County Circuit Court Judge Ralph Person, who authorized a search of the Miami offices of two of the Willetses’ attorneys, Ellis Rubin and his son, Guy. Investigators seized 57 videotapes during the search, but did not find the alleged Danziger tape.
It is a violation of Florida law to record conversations without the other party’s consent.
A list containing the names of about 50 of Mrs. Willets’ clients remains sealed pending an appellate court ruling on whether it should be released.
Investigators said Mrs. Willets, 33, and her 41-year-old husband charged clients from $50 to $150 an hour and made as much as $25,000 over six months. They face trial Wednesday on prostitution charges.