From Storyville to Big Story: ‘Times-Picayune’ Finds Prostitute Linked to Sen. Vitter

By: E&P Staff

Talk about “enterprise reporting”: In New Orleans, a city known for its bordello past, the Times-Picayune has tracked down a local prostitute favored by U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). Earlier this week he apologized after his phone number was linked to an escort service in Washington, D.C.

The paper’s Kate Moran reports today that “a woman who once worked as a prostitute in Louisiana said he was a regular client of hers several years ago while he was a state legislator.

“The woman worked under the name Wendy Cortez. Her maiden name is Wendy Yow, according to her ex-husband, who asked not to be named but said he has seen her birth certificate.

“Yow, contacted through relatives, called The Times-Picayune Wednesday night and said Vitter was a regular customer of hers, but said the two did not have a romantic relationship. She claimed to have severed ties with him after she found out he was married. Yow said it was a part of her life she hoped to put behind her.

“On Thursday, The Times-Picayune asked Vitter’s office whether he had ever hired a prostitute or knew Wendy Cortez. In response, his office issued a statement that referred to his Monday apology regarding the Washington escort service and reiterated that he was not implicated in a federal investigation that led to the closing of a Canal Street brothel in 2001.”

The full story is at www.nola.com.


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