D.C. Madam Finding New Limelight

By Justin Rood

May 7, 2007 1:04pm

The woman accused of running a Washington, D.C., prostitution ring, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, is expanding her efforts to take her case public. The week after appearing on ABC News’ "20/20," the so-called D.C. Madam has arrived in New York for more interviews and an appearance on a TV pilot being produced by Time Warner. Palfrey told ABC News she is going to tape a pilot episode for a new talk show hosted by Jeanine Pirro. Pirro, the former district attorney in Westchester County, N.Y., lost a bid for state attorney general last year following a scandal involving her husband’s alleged extramarital affairs. She could not be reached immediately for comment. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Photos D.C. Madam Affair Unfolds in Pictures Blotter ‘Miz Julia’ Speaks: Inside D.C.’s Most Notorious Escort Service Blotter D.C. Law Firm Suspends Woman Who Worked as Escort Blotter D.C. Madam Wants Washington Clients to Testify Blotter Senior Official Linked to Escort Service Resigns Click Here to Check Out Brian Ross Slideshows Palfrey also says she is getting calls from book agents eager to buy her story. Federal prosecutors have charged Palfrey with several counts of racketeering in connection with the business, which they say was illegal.  Palfrey maintains her firm was lawful and provided only "sexual fantasy services" that did not include intercourse or oral sex. Magazines have also contacted Palfrey, said the woman whose client list once included a deputy secretary of state, a military advisor, an Air Force intelligence officer and a now-deceased Justice Department lawyer. Palfrey said Vanity Fair magazine was considering putting her on the cover. "I’m on a ride here I really have no control over," said Palfrey, who noted she had 10 meetings scheduled for her New York visit.  "But what little control I have, I want to use to do it in as classy and responsible a way as I can." Palfrey said she is donating 10 percent of the revenue she gets from doing a series of Internet radio interviews to help wrongly convicted prisoners re-establish life outside of incarceration. The program, the Life After Exoneration Program (LAEP), helps exonerated former prisoners find homes, jobs and other support. Heather Weigand, director of client services for the group, confirmed Palfrey’s pledge and said the money would pay for psychological therapy and vocational training for exonerated former prisoners. "This is not going to be for naught," Palfrey said. "We’ve all settled down. Let’s go do some good."

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