ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Four Filipina prostitutes who posed for a photo with Bernalillo County Commissioner Michael Wiener now claim in an online video that a lot more happened than photography.
For his part Wiener has said repeatedly he was only sightseeing with his fiancée in Angeles City, one of the world's largest red-light districts, when the picture was taken during a layover between flights in the Philippines.
A Seattle-based photographer documenting Angeles City took the photo and posted it on his blog .
The four self-proclaimed hookers have just appeared on the sex-based website Adultsearch.com holding their photo taken with Wiener in March.
The women say the commissioner bought them drinks, and then they got down to business.
On Friday Wiener's lawyer sent KRQE News 13 a letter calling the video salacious and characterizing the women's claims as entirely fictional. Wiener is the victim in all this, he added.
In the video the women give this version of their meeting:
- Women: "Go shower, shower with him, play in the bathroom first."
- Interviewer: "The five of you were in the shower?"
- Women: "Yes! And after that we go to the bed, of course, and have sex."
- Interviewer: "All 4 of you had sex with him?"
- Women: "Yes!"
The commissioner declined a request for an on-camera interview but told News 13 on the phone it was a complete fabrication made up to ruin his reputation.
Wiener added he doesn't "have the stamina" to do what the women claim.
The operator of Adultserach.com, a worldwide prostitution website registered in China, said he did not pay the women for their interview. It wasn't difficult to track them down because they work in the bar seen behind them in the now infamous photograph, he added.
The operator also conceded he produced and posted the interview to drive traffic to the website.
Fellow commissioners censured Wiener who stepped down as commission vice chairman. However, he has resisted calls to resign and said he will let voters decided whether he stays in office.
Lonnie C. Talbert is running against Wiener in the June 5 Republican primary. No Democrat filed for the office.
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