The woman apparently at the center of the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia has spoken out about her hotel dispute with an agent that triggered all of the fallout.
Speaking to the New York Times, the unnamed 24-year-old woman said their argument began over how much he owed her for the previous night's activities.
“I tell him, ‘Baby, my cash money,’" she told the newspaper, saying he offered her $30 after they had agreed on $800.
The Times reported:
Disgusted with such a low offer, she pressed the matter. He became angry, ordered her out of the room and called her an expletive, she said.
She said she was crying at that point and went across the hall, where another escort had spent the night with a second American man from the same group. Both women began trying to get the money.
They knocked on the door but got no response. She threatened to call the police, but the man’s friend begged her not to, saying they did not want trouble. Finally, she said, she left to go home but came across a policeman who was stationed on the hallway and called in an English-speaking colleague.
He accompanied her back to the room and the dispute escalated. Two other Americans from the club emerged from their rooms and stood guard in front of their friend’s locked door. The two Colombian officers tried to argue the woman’s case.
A hotel security officer arrived. Eventually, she lowered her demand to $250, which she said was the amount she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. Eager to resolve the matter fast, the American men eventually gave her a combination of dollars and local currency worth about $225, and she left.
The woman, a single mother, said she and a girlfriend were first approached by a group of American men at a nightclub and that they bought two bottles of Absolut vodka for the table. The man sitting next to her invited her back to his room at the Hotel Caribe and events transpired from there.
“They never told me they were with Obama,” she told the Times. “They were very discreet.”
As many as 21 different foreign national women are believed to be involved in the scandal. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the Times there is "no evidence that these women were seeking these guys out — that they were waiting for Secret Service agents, but all of that is being looked into."
The woman also said she's been unhappy with media reports labeling her a "prostitute." She's an escort, she said, which she described as being a "higher rank."
“It’s the same but it’s different,” she said, meaning she can be more selective about her clients and charge more for her services. “It’s like when you buy a fine rum or a BlackBerry or an iPhone. They have a different price.”
She said she didn't want the man she spent the night with to get into trouble, but now is "scared" and worried he could retaliate against her.
“This is something really big,” she said. “This is the government of the United States. I have nervous attacks. I cry all the time.”