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Archive for January 22nd, 2011

For many, immaturity is an ideal, not a defect. –  Mason Cooley

It’s funny how much a news story can change once it hits the wire and is rewritten a couple of times.  I was first made aware of this incident yesterday morning when the Human Scorch sent me a link to this coverage in Huffington Post, but that was trimmed to remove a couple of details which, while the public might not consider them important, make a big difference to whores.  Here’s how it first appeared in the Las Vegas Sun:

A tourist says he was traumatized when Las Vegas police threatened to arrest him after he complained about an act of prostitution in his hotel room.  Hubert Blackman of New York City filed a lawsuit this month against a Las Vegas company he identified as Las Vegas Exclusive Personals. The lawsuit says the business operates on Paradise Road.  Blackman, a college student, said in an interview Thursday that he was on vacation and staying at the Stratosphere on December 17 when he called Las Vegas Exclusive Personals to arrange for a stripper to come to his room and dance for him.  Blackman said the woman, who appeared to be in her mid 20s, stripped and performed a lap dance for $155 and a sex act for another $120.

He said that the next morning, he called Las Vegas Exclusive Personals to demand his money back, saying he was dissatisfied because the entertainer didn’t stay for the promised one hour and left after a half hour.  Blackman said he also told the company he was incapable of making an informed agreement with the stripper because he was drunk at the time.  Dissatisfied when Las Vegas Exclusive Personals didn’t arrange for a refund, Blackman said he contacted Metro Police and was told he faced arrest for such conduct and was advised to contact the Better Business Bureau.

Instead, after returning home he filed suit in federal court in New York, charging “An escort did an illegal sexual act on me during her paid service to me” and “I almost had gotten arrested.”  Blackman said he now needs medical treatment for a mental condition related to the incident.  In the suit, which he filed without an attorney, Blackman said: “I would like the court to close the business.  I also would like to get my $275 payment back and a $1.8 million verdict for the tragic event that happened.”

In the interview Thursday, Blackman said it was the dancer who solicited the sex act — but he acknowledged he was aware at the time that prostitution was illegal in Las Vegas.  The number listed in Blackman’s lawsuit is used by Hillsboro Enterprises, which says it’s been licensed for 17 years and provides adult dancers on a subcontractor outcall basis.  Officials at Hillsboro said Thursday they were unaware of the lawsuit or of Blackman’s claims, but denied the company is involved in prostitution. They said if anyone calls looking to hire a dancer and indicates they’re looking for sex, they’re told prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas and all of Clark County.

The Vegas Sun article leaves the emphasis where it belongs:  On the moron suing for “distress” caused by the POLICE threatening to arrest him after he called to complain.  Huffington Post’s version makes it sound as though Blackman claimed the trauma was caused by the hooker staying for less than an hour.  In other words, HuffPo’s rewrite makes it sound like a he said/she said issue when in fact it was a case of buyer’s remorse which he stupidly tried to escalate by calling the police (which raises his actions to the epic level of idiocy largely occupied by Darwin Award nominees and those who call 911 to report that their French fries aren’t hot enough).

Anyone who has ever owned an escort service has had to deal with dumbasses who spend too much while they’re drunk and then think they’re going to steal the money back; I’ve even heard of disreputable agencies using such incidents as excuses to steal money from girls (which IMHO qualifies them for a special place in Hell).  Of course, customers who attempt such shenanigans neither realize nor care that if they were to actually succeed in getting their money back, a proper business transaction would thereby be transformed into a rape.  The colossal, infantile egos of such individuals cannot comprehend that the world does not in fact revolve around them, and unfortunately our legal system encourages such thinking.  “Waaaah, I did something stupid!” cries the American citizen; “it must be someone else’s fault!”  In a properly-run country this would start a dialogue about the injustice and irrationality of prostitution law, but in the US it’s an excuse for a nuisance lawsuit.

But there are a few more details revealed by this coverage on The Smoking Gun, which was called to my attention by reader Alex Cresswell.  I feel compelled to point out the underlying “whore as monster” rhetoric inherent in this psychotic whiner’s attempt to pretend a hooker more or less raped him (she “did an illegal sexual act on me during her paid service to me,” no doubt without his consent), and also the rather unhealthy mother-son relationship discernible between the lines.  Other than that, I think the story speaks for itself.

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