Dania Suarez, the gorgeous escort at the center of the ongoing Secret Service sex scandal, has gone into hiding.
A lawyer for Suarez said yesterday that she had fled Cartagena, Colombia, after photos of her smiling for the camera in bikinis hit the media.
“Put yourself in her shoes,” said lawyer Marlon Betancourt. “Her photo out there has caused her too much stress.”
He added that his client will cooperate with American authorities in investigating the incident involving 12 Secret Service agents and 11 members of the military.
“She didn’t break any law,” Betancourt said. “She didn’t do anything wrong.”
Prostitution is legal in Colombia in restricted areas.
Suarez, 24, claims a Secret Service agent agreed to pay $800 for sex, then only gave her $28. In the ensuing dispute, police were called, letting the proverbial cat out of the bag on the whole ordeal at the Hotel Caribe.
Initially, the U.S. Secret Service said 11 agents were suspected of hiring prostitutes, but that total has now climbed to twelve.
Three Secret Service agents lost their jobs earlier this week. Two more employees resigned and a sixth was fired yesterday.
The Defense Department has confirmed that 11 members of the military are now being investigated as well: six from the Army, two from the Marines, two from the Navy, and one from the Air Force.
“They have returned to their parent commands,” said Army Col. Scott Malcom, Southern Command spokesman.
“They are required to remain at the home station until the investigating officer is done with them.”
Those ousted from their jobs so far include Secret Service supervisor David Chaney, 48, whose saucy comments on Facebook regarding former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, came back to haunt him.
Ronald Kessler, author of “In the President’s Secret Service,” said the Palin crack was “almost as bad” as the hiring of the escorts.
“It shows a lack of professionalism and respect that is a reflection of the lax altitude and corner cutting by Secret Service management that ultimately places the president in jeopardy,” said Kessler.
More in the video below.
- Colombian Prostitute in Hiding: Lawyer (myfoxny.com)
- Secret Service agent made sexually suggestive Facebook comment about Sarah Palin (rawstory.com)
- Secret Service Scandal — PHOTOS of the Alleged Colombia Hooker Dania (tmz.com)