Nymphomaniac’s Alleged Client List To Become Public
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Ever since this city’s vice mayor resigned a month ago amid speculation he was on a self-proclaimed nymphomaniac’s list of alleged prostitution clients, the question on a lot of people’s minds has been: Who’s next?
A judge on Aug. 26 said he would eventually release names of about 50 men who allegedly paid Kathy Willets of Fort Lauderdale for sex. And late Wednesday, the judge rejected a defense motion to keep the names private.
At least 11 men using the name John Doe hired attorneys to try to prevent media access to the list when the prosecution puts its evidence on record.
When asked if some of the names on the list belonged to public officials, attorney Richard Rosenbaum, who represents at least six of the men, said: ″Oh yeah.″
At stake are the men’s reputations, marriages and possibly their careers.
″It’s destroying these people,″ Rosenbaum said. ″One of my clients has lost 24 pounds in the last three weeks.″
The defense argued that releasing the list would cause prejudicial pretrial publicity. But Broward Circuit Judge John Frusciante ruled that Willets and her husband, a sheriff’s deputy who’s accused of being her pimp, still will get a fair trial.
Mrs. Willets’ attorney, Ellis Rubin, told reporters after Frusciante’s ruling that once the names are released, ″then you can have a field day. You can destroy whoever you want.″
Rosenbaum immediately appealed the ruling to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mrs. Willets, 33, was arrested July 23 and charged with selling her body for $50 to $150 a session. Her husband, Broward County sheriff’s deputy Jeffrey Willets, was charged with sharing profits of up to $2,000 a week.
Rubin says Mrs. Willets needs to have sex with many men because she suffers from an insatiable sexual desire while her husband has spells of impotence.
″We are going to show through medical and sex therapist testimony that these situations are not unusual, and this was their way to compensate for each other’s deficiency,″ Rubin said. ″The state calls it prostitution. We call it sexual surrogacy.″
That tactic has attracted just the sort of publicity this city is trying to avoid to shake a sometimes sleazy image as a spring break haven.
″Nymphomania as far as I know is not a legal defense, if there is such a thing as nymphomania,″ said prosecutor Joel Lazarus.
Prosecutors say Mrs. Willets advertised her call-girl service in the personals section of a local newspaper. The men who responded were entertained by Mrs. Willets in her bedroom, while her husband hid in the closet and took notes, police say.
When police arrested the Willetses, they confiscated a notebook in which Willets wrote down names of his wife’s partners and remarked on their performances, and a file containing the names and tape recordings of conversations between Mrs. Willets and the men.
The recordings led to felony wiretapping charges against the couple.
Soon after the existence of the notebook and file was disclosed, newspapers reported that Vice Mayor Doug Danziger’s name was listed.
Danziger, who resigned July 30, made his name in a mid-1980s campaign designed to clean up Fort Lauderdale’s image. For example, he introduced an ordinance in 1987 that prevented bars with nude dancing from serving liquor.
Danziger, who cited personal reasons for his resignation, repeatedly has denied knowing Mrs. Willets. He has declined requests for interviews on the subject.
Rubin joined the 11 men trying to prevent media access to the names, and asked the judge to allow only the defense to see the names on the list. The judge responded at the Aug. 26 hearing that the issue was ″not if the press should receive this information, but when the press should receive this information.″
Even if the judge had decided to keep the lists private, the John Does might not have been out of trouble.
Under Florida law, someone who pays for sex is just as guilty of prostitution as someone who is paid for sex, Rubin says. Lazarus says he doesn’t intend to prosecute any of the John Does but Rubin doesn’t think that’s fair.
″It takes two to tango,″ Rubin said. ″I will demand that the John Does be prosecuted, too, and if they don’t, I’ll make a big thing of that.″