Deborah Jeane Palfrey, also known as the D.C. Madam, facing charges of running a high-end sexual fantasy business in Washington, apologized to the first casualty of her defense strategy, which is to name her top governmental clients, now refered to as witnesses at her trial.
A deputy of Secretary of State to the Bush Administration, Randall L. Tobias, has been the first VIP on the D.C. Madam's list to step out of his job due the sex scandal, even though the list has just been shown to the staff of American ABC News. "First, allow me to say how genuinely sorry I am for Mr. Tobias, his family and his friends," she said to the deputy of secretary of state who resigned last week after confirming his client status. Her revelation ended Randall's top-level career in Washington, D.C. with the feeling that more are to come.
Deborah Palfrey ran her prostitution ring for 13 years where solicited male clients had paid up to $300 an hour and hired some 130 subcontractors under specific job agreements that required them to perform only lawful acts. Her girls were women of ages between 23 and as old as 55.
Her display of over 46 pounds of phone records to ABC News, she says, is for her legal defense, and it includes a stack about a foot high, with the names of "thousands and thousands of clients that reach high into the echelons of power in the United States."
With it, Deborah Palfrey, 50, hopes the maneuver will produce witnesses for her legal defense, since none of her patrons have come forward voluntarily. "We're looking for witnesses," her attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, said Monday when asked about the propriety of making client names public. "If there's a bank robbery, you want to see who's at the scene of the crime so they can testify to the identify of the bank robbers. It's no different."
Randall L. Tobias was the Bush administration's "AIDS czar," and resigned late last week after acknowledging to ABC that he had used Palfrey's service, "but only to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage."