Michael Hancock & Denver Players prostitution ring: Bound for an Anthony Weiner moment?

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Hancock on 7News.
Update below: Yesterday, former Denver Players owner Scottie Ewing claimed that "EVERY reporter in Denver" wanted a look at records he said linked mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham -- and plenty obviously did. Last night, 7News and Fox31 finally aired stories about the alleged connection, using records from Hancock's panicky legal team to bolster Ewing's claims.

Ewing, who's currently serving a six-month home arrest sentence for Denver Players-related tax evasion (and who once told a Westword reporter, "You have no clue how close I was to having you put in the fucking hospital"), isn't exactly the most reliable source. Indeed, in an e-mail to Westword's Patricia Calhoun yesterday, he admitted that he lied to KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles about placing reportedly stolen records pertaining to Denver Players in a secure location "because I was sick of interviews and showing them."

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Scottie Ewing.
Maybe so -- but Fox31's latest piece, on view below, states that Ewing came to the station last week with the story that Hancock's name and personal cell phone number were on a Denver Players client/payment list, not the other way around.

The station's Libby Weaver introduced the outlet's item, delivered by Heidi Hemmat, by noting that managers had held the story, which had already appeared on CompleteColorado.com, Westword and talk radio, because of the journalistic rule that forbids going with a story based on a single source. Perhaps she should have added, "Especially when that source is Scottie Ewing." Indeed, both Fox31 and 7News (whose video isn't embeddable; join the 21st century, guys) went out of their way to avoid mentioning his moniker in their televised packages, although he's name-checked in the text versions linked above. Fox31 went so far as to include an interview with Ewing in which he's cast in shadow -- an appropriate image.

So what convinced the stations to move forward? Pre-election requests from Hancock's legal team to Denver police asking for any video evidence showing the candidate or his vehicle near Denver Players' 1675 Fillmore Street address or ancillary locations. Moreover, Hancock's attorneys added, ""(U)nder no circumstances are we authorizing or consenting to the release of the request materials directly to [news agencies] and hereby object to their request."

Turns out Denver police reps have no such video. But 7News obtained an e-mail to from a Hancock lawyer to the Manager of Safety's Office pertaining to a Denver Post info search on the subject. The attorney told the city that if nothing damning popped up, officials could divulge the fact to the Post -- but if something did, sharing such revelations would violate Hancock's privacy interests. (The Post has still not reported about the Hancock-Denver Players allegations.)

Asking the police for video shouldn't be interpreted as an admission of guilt on Hancock's part, Fox31 legal expert Dan Recht stresses in the clip below. Rather, it's simply evidence that his lawyers were doing their job. But as we all know, perception is reality in politics -- and many people are likely to conclude that Hancock and his minions wouldn't have been worried about video of him at Denver Players-related spots if he'd never been there.

Hancock is seen in reports by both stations denying that he's ever used any escort service, echoing comments spokesman Evan Dreyer made to us last week. But if more evidence comes out on this topic -- and you can bet 7News, Fox31 and other media outlets are busily digging for it -- such claims of innocence might backfire on Hancock just as they did on penis-tweeting Representative Anthony Weiner, who's currently being peppered with calls to resign.

Could Hancock be headed down this path? Too soon to tell -- but it's hardly beyond the realm of possibility, especially now.

Update, 7:23 a.m. June 10: Just received a statement from the Hancock campaign in regard to the 7News report. I've e-mailed to ask if these assertions also pertain to the Fox31 story, which is not mentioned in the release; I'll update again upon receiving a reply. In the meantime, here's the Hancock take:

"KMGH aired a story tonight with several unsubstantiated and false claims.

"In the final days of the mayoral campaign, Michael Hancock was the subject of a desperate and deceptive attack intended to influence the election. Michael personally rejected the allegations to KMGH and other organizations and directed his campaign to cooperate fully with news organizations seeking information.

"At the request of two news organizations to dispel false rumors related to evidence, our attorney requested any evidence the Denver Police Department had.

"The response from the Denver Department of Safety, which KMGH received but chose not to air, was clear:

"There are no 'videotapes, photographs or any other evidence' held by the Denver Police Department of 'Michael Hancock entering or leaving 1675 Fillmore Street' or '(h)is vehicle at or near the address and/or photos of his license plate at that facility.'"

"Later that same day, in response to a subsequent media inquiry, and in a letter in the possession of KMGH, the Denver Department of Safety confirmed that there was no video, photography or other evidence of Michael Hancock present at any other location under surveillance.

"Despite those facts, KMGH used our request for information to air false rumors.

"We are disappointed KMGH chose to air such unsubstantiated claims."

See Fox31's report below.

 

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Ray Denonville
Ray Denonville

Hancock's name came up due to a Fed Operation. The Denver Police owe too much to Hickenlooper, the City Council, the Clerk and Recorder for ordering SWAT to count the Ballots for their own jail. When the police count the ballots for their own jail, that kind of government is called fascism. It is not really fascism, Denver government. It is that the government of Denver is run by a bunch of corrupt fascist piglets. The Department of Justice authorized a merger between the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News as a joint operating agreement. The Rocky Mountain News was suppose to be operated by the Denver Newspaper Agency as a newspaper not a prison. Hancock was on the city council that along with Hickenlooper approved the purchase of the Rocky Mountain News as site for a new jail before the votes were cast by mail-in ballot by No. 2 pencil that could be erased and counted by the SWAT Unit.

Laurel Canyon '66
Laurel Canyon '66

Some of Boyles' stuff is priceless like the freezing cold Voorhis benefit at get this: Shotgun Willies parking lot. The fact is he and Channel 7 (9 & 4 are AWOL) are leading this one. The ex City Attorney on 7 says they had evidence Hancock was spotted at the house but didn't do anything about it. Hey Hancock, Ferrugia has you nailed bud...the City Of Denver Attorney at the time saying it was known he was trawling.

Revealingconfessions
Revealingconfessions

I think this is just the tip of the iceberg on this story. Once someone who has seen the list comes forward and reveals the other names on it (and multiple people have already) this story is going to absolutely explode. None of the major new outlets want that list published because so many of their employees, friends, investors and business partners are likely on it. Boyles is right on to keep after this story. Just wait until the other shoe drops on this one. Once it does, this story goes national instantly and a lot of VERY high profile millionaires are going to have a TON of explaining to do. Stay tuned. Lots more to come on this one for sure. 

Me
Me

Revealingconfessions, we've heard all that hype before from Boyles: about Voorhis, about an alleged Ritter-Villafuerte tryst and a grand conspiracy involving every city and state department, about Patsy Ramsey, about Joyce Foster, about the birth certificate, yada yada yada. Singleton's right. Boyles is a "carnival barker." Most of his grand scandal theories that are about to "explode" at any minute never pan out. Even Mike Rosen won't take calls on most of Peter's topics because he knows there's no substance. It's no accident that Boyles is sandwiched between the Art Bell-George Noory overnight UFO show and Glenn Beck. From midnight to noon on KHOW, it's All Wacko, All The Time, and it's done because even the gullible have spending money.

Laurel Canyon '66
Laurel Canyon '66

When 9 and 4 start running up the flag you'll see Michael Hancock pull a "ummmm, I regret that I, ummmm.....". I wonder who the radio guy is? I bet he's in a lot of trouble with his wife.

Stealth2
Stealth2

The only bigger joke than this alleged "investigation" is the credence that the local media in Denver is giving it. Some low-rent pimp" brings a piece of paper to news outlet that he claims shows that a candidate for mayor used his "escort service"...and it becomes "news". And if that questionable and flimsy basis for a story isn't enough, it comes out just a week before the election. This is probably just my Chicago upbringing talking, but it's quite obvious what was going on.

Hey, guess what, I have a piece of paper that states that everyone who works at the Denver Post also used the same escort service - male AND female. Where's my 15 minutes?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Strong post, Stealth2. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats, and thanks for sharing your views.

Me
Me

I wonder if the unnamed "radio guy" on the list is Caldara, which is why his employee Shepard is diverting attention to Hancock?

Laurel Canyon '66
Laurel Canyon '66

It is a Weiner Moment. Deborah Sherman hasn't even started and the great Brian Maas is up to bat like Babe Ruth next, the Hancock will Weiner himself in disgrace, the Denver Post can put Litwin & Dean in bozo outfits down Boroadway to Boyles' motorcycle concerts with free drinks. I want to see who the radio guy is, I think it is loud yapper who has a liking for females his wife's ago (minus 20 his own). The infront TV guy is already known as playa (I see him in Vegas a lot). Boyles' 4 hours per morning is classic. Litwin stammering like Sgt. Schultz with 7 whiskeys or Gleason hemimnahing made me drive off the road in total laughter. Hey Hancock, it is only gonna get worse hoss.

Me
Me

Even worse, though, is Shepard on Boyles show this morning getting nailed for refusing to name any of the other names on the list and stammering "well, uh, er, I guess if another media outlet wanted to do it, they could." This is the cowardly Boyles trademark just like with the birther and Joyce Foster silliness: telling half a truth and leaving out the crucial other half. The list is a fake. Interesting how Boyles hasn't called in any of his "computer experts" to see if it was "layered."

Kay Sieverding
Kay Sieverding

I really want to know who supplied the credit card numbers used by former Judge Nottingham.  Could they include: Tim Greer, David Brougham, Kevin Bennett, Jane Bennett, Elizabeth Wittemyer, John Wittemyer, Chris Wittemyer, Christopher Beall, Traci Van Pelt, Michael McConnell, Randall Klauzer, Richard Tremaine, Anthony Lettunich or anyone else who would want to hurt me?  Nottingham ordered me imprisoned without a criminal charge or arraignment. According to Sean Harrington's analysis, Nottingham couldn't afford prostitutes, or couldn't keep expenditures on prostitutes secret from his ex wife, so he would be motivated to have someone else put their credit card on file at the Denver Players. We all know from buying goods on-line that it is not necessary to have possession of an actual credit card to charge it. Authorize Net doesn't verify what is actually sold and other brothels coded prostitution services as "investment advice" when charging credit cards. They never investigate unless someone complains of fraud. If someone knows I wish they would contact me at kaysieverding@aol.com

Me
Me

Boyles has been trying to undermine Hancock all along, because he thought that his and Tancredo's "endorsement" would be the kiss of death for Hancock's base. It didn't work, so now he and the right-winger Shepard are trying this.

Boondocker
Boondocker

It's very interesting that we have heard none of the other recognizable names on this alleged "client list," although talk radio has made vague intimations that a high-profile athlete and a "radio guy" also are included. The only name we're hearing is Hancock -- probably because he's the only one on the list who can't sue for defamation, AND because the driving force behind this "story" is former Clear Channel "reporter" Todd Shepherd, who now works for Jon Caldara's conservative Independence Institute.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting angle on this, Boondocker. Thanks for posting.

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