Ventura at Odds With Nevada Brothel
Sep. 24, 1999
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Gov. Jesse Ventura doesn't want a Nevada brothel making money off The Body.
The Moonlight Bunny Ranch near Carson City has designated one room the Jesse ``The Body'' Ventura Suite and has produced signs and leaflets that put Ventura's name next to the phrase: ``I had sex at the Moonlight.''
Ventura has denied ever saying those words, and he had his lawyer send a cease-and-desist letter threatening legal action against the brothel owner, Dennis Hof, for implying the governor endorses the establishment.
The advertisements were prompted by Ventura's oft-repeated boast that he was ``one of the only men standing on the Earth who can say he went to a Nevada ranch and was paid for it.''
In a story recounted in his autobiography, ``I Ain't Got Time to Bleed,'' Ventura claimed that sometime in the 1970s, when he was a Navy SEAL, he visited the legal brothel, where a prostitute admired his belt.
``I said, `Make me an offer.' And she said, `How about a trick and $10?''' he said, retelling the story during his book tour. ``I did it!''
Hof said he will change the name of the Ventura suite to the Governor's Suite (and decorate it with Ventura posters, Navy SEAL regalia and feather boas, which were Ventura's trademark). And he said he will change the ad to more closely reflect what the governor said in his book.
But Hof angrily noted that the governor often bragged about the ranch for his purposes.
``He's selling sensationalism. That's how he's selling his book,'' Hof said.
Hof, who once hired John Wayne Bobbitt to work at the brothel, also said he is trying to find the prostitute Ventura patronized, and plans to promote her to talk shows and tabloids.