Flynt Unveils More Vitter Claims

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt says the woman passed a lie detector test.

ByABC News
February 11, 2009, 2:11 AM

Sept. 11, 2007— -- Louisiana Sen. David Vitter is again under fire from adult content publisher Larry Flynt. Flynt restated his claim today that Vitterpatronized a Louisiana prostitution service in 1999.

The Hustler magazine publisher called a news conference today and brought a former prostitute into his Beverly Hills office to publicly nameVitter as her former client.

Wendy Ellis had previously told her story to reporters under a pseudonym, but today, she sat alongside Flynt at his ornate desk, and recounted how she was paid for sex by Vitter two to three times a week for a period of four months in 1999. Flynt also provided reporters with results of a polygraph examination which supports Ellis's claim.

Ellis says she was a heavy drug user during the period she claims to have had sex with the then-state representative, and did not know or care thatVitter was a public official. She says she is now off drugs and hopes telling her story publicly will force Vitter to resign from theSenate. "Why do we want to have a man who is representing our country lie continuously?" she asked.

In July, Vitter apologized for a "very serious sin in my past," acknowledging that his telephone number was among those found in therecords of a Washington escort service that federal investigators say was a cover for a prostitution ring. Vitter's involvement with the D.C.service was first revealed by Flynt, who uncovered the phone records as part of an ongoing investigation into the conduct ofWashington officials.

In his July statement, Vitter denied patronizing Louisiana prostitutes.

Though the senator was at work in Washington today, his office did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News. This morning,Vitter questioned Gen. David Petraeus at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Flynt still aims to force Vitter's resignation from the Senate. He says that Vitter's self-portrayal as a family values agenda officialmakes him a fair target.

"I think that bothered her more than anything, that he was being such a hypocrite," said Flynt of Ellis' motivation for going public. "Ifyou are going to throw stones, you shouldn't live in a glass house, and that's what it's all about."