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    N.Y. case unfolds with sex-driven plot line


    NEW YORK — It's a tabloid writer's dream.
    There's a boastful pimp, a federal prosecutor turned tough-talking defense lawyer and a drop-dead gorgeous woman once touted as New York City's top prostitute. Their lives converge at a spacious Manhattan loft that housed a high-priced escort service a mere three blocks from City Hall.

    "Crime. Sex. Unforgettable people doing unforgettable things," said Barry Agulnick, lawyer for Jason Itzler, the pimp. "This case probably has more of the Hollywood element than any other I've had. It's got a show biz aura to it."

    The case took an intriguing turn this week when Itzler's previous lawyer on the pimping charges, Paul Bergrin, was accused of taking over the escort service and sleeping with the prostitutes after police jailed Itzler in 2005.

    Bergrin was a former county and federal prosecutor in New Jersey before becoming a hard-charging defense lawyer. He was charged Wednesday with operating a brothel and laundering its profits through fake companies.

    A phone number for Bergrin's lawyer was disconnected, but the attorney told The New York Times the charges might stem from prosecutors retaliating against Bergrin's aggressive courtroom tactics.

    Bergrin and Itzler crossed paths in January 2005 when authorities shut down NY Confidential escort service. Few would have imagined that Bergrin would eventually be accused of emulating his client, a man who considered himself the king of New York pimps.

    Itzler, 39, had run NY Confidential like a showman, promoting its women and charging as much as $2,000 an hour for one of the prostitutes, his girlfriend Natalie McLennan. Itzler made a lot money and spent it freely. After he bragged to a tabloid in December 2004 that he was untouchable, police arrested him.

    He turned to Bergrin, 51, who had developed a reputation for aggressive tactics and bluster. Bergrin didn't represent Itzler long on the brothel charges — Agulnick took over the case more than a year ago.
    But authorities say the pimp and Bergrin still had dealings.

    Authorities say Bergrin and two other men took over NY Confidential's operations and kept the brothel running after Itzler's arrest, employing Itzler's escorts and taking in more than $1.2 million in one stretch in 2005.

    The business started to falter when they began having sex with the escorts, and Bergrin paid the women with money out of the till, authorities said.
    The day after Bergrin was charged, Itzler, who pleaded guilty in June to money laundering and attempted promotion of prostitution, was sentenced to 18 months to three years in prison.

    McLennan, who once graced the cover of New York magazine, was not around. Their relationship appears over, Agulnick said. She's scheduled to face trial next month on money laundering charges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Gonad
    N.Y. case unfolds with sex-driven plot line
    McLennan is originally from Toronto, an actress by trade. Guess she needed extra dough so she moonlighted as a hdh and had the best ratings in the history of TER (The Erotic Review). I've seen her in person, she's not all that, but I guess her service was.
    Itzler the idiot had everything going for him until he opened his big mouth and embarassed authorities, who up until that point let him operate if he kept on the down low. He made the supreme mistake of letting the power go to his head. What a muppet!
    Last edited by Mod 6; 01-26-2007 at 08:05 AM. Reason: Don't need to quote entire post

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