IGI Vice President Jonathan Lenzner Quoted in the New York Post
This article originally appeared on the December 31, 2013 edition on the New York Post
DA blasts call girl’s ‘pimp’ claim By Jeane Macintosh, nypost.com
December 31st, 2013
I’m no pimp!
A former top Manhattan prosecutor says turncoat hooker Rebecca Woodard’s claims that she was forced to keep turning tricks while working undercover for the district attorney — handing the cash over to the lawman — are an outrageous lie.
“At no time was Ms. Woodard counseled to engage in illegal activities to further the investigation,’’ said former Assistant DA Mark Crooks, who used Woodard as a confidential informant in a 2008 probe of Hockey Mom Madam Anna Gristina.
To the contrary, Crooks, now a Maryland federal prosecutor, told The Post that Woodard simply refused to stop prostituting herself.
Officials also scoffed at Woodard’s claims that she was wired with recording devices around her torso and chest before being sent into potentially dangerous situations.
Former Manhattan ADA Jonathan Lenzner, for one, said the antiquated, Hollywood-like body-wiring scheme was way off base.
“In the DA’s office, technological advances allowed us to use recording devices that are much more discreet,’’ he said. “The recording device would never have a cord — you don’t need one.’’
And Woodard, several sources said, continued to see her well-heeled clients behind the backs of her DA handlers, putting the probe in jeopardy.
As The Post reported Monday, Woodard — who says she was an Eliot Spitzer hooker — claims in her tell-all, “Call Girl Confidential,’’ that she was ordered to “keep breaking the law,’’ and maintains the ADA “was my pimp’’ who ordered her to turn over the money.
“I, along with my fellow district attorneys and investigators, repeatedly admonished her to refrain from engaging in any further commercial sex whatsoever,’’ Crooks said.
“The book falsely portrays a rogue ADA taking questionable and unethical steps to further this investigation,’’ Crooks added, but the probe was “conducted with caution, with oversight from supervisors,’’ knowing that every move would be subject to scrutiny.
Neither Woodard nor her publisher, Simon & Schuster, returned calls for comment.