Brothel owner Dennis Hof sexually assaulted two prostitutes in Nevada nearly a decade ago, including one woman he allegedly “raped and battered daily,” according to the women and a new police report.
Hof, 71, denies the allegations that were detailed in a police report released after Nye County district attorney’s office declined to prosecute Hof – who is now running for the Republican seat in Nevada State Assembly District 36 – because the statute of limitations had expired, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
“It’s this sort of muckraking in the political cesspool that keeps so many good people from running for office,” Hof told the newspaper in response to the claims. “But it won’t deter me.”
One of the women, Jennifer O’Kane, said she was forced to have sex with Hof against her will while working as a prostitute in 2011 at his Love Ranch in Crystal, where she was ordered by a manager – “Madam Diane” – to head to a room where Hof was waiting for her.
“He asked me to undress and sit next to him,” O’Kane, 47, told the newspaper. “At that point, he put his hand around my neck and explained to me that I was his.”
O’Kane, who now lives in Texas, claimed she was “raped and battered” on a daily basis by Hof, according to Nye County Sheriff’s Office report filed in November 2016.
Five years earlier, in 2011, O’Kane said she reported the incident to authorities in Nye County, but didn’t receive any information in return, such as an incident number. Nye County District Attorney Angela Bello told the newspaper that no record of the 2011 complaint could be found.
O’Kane tried to hold Hof accountable again during a Nye County Commission meeting in October 2016, as Hof was running against GOP incumbent Assemblyman James Oscarson. O’Kane met with Sheriff Sharon Wehlry during the meeting and was taken to a private room to report her claims.
“Jennifer stated she was forced to have sex with Hof against her will,” Det. James Brainard wrote. “She claimed she complained to management, but was blown off.”
Brainard closed the investigation after finding no evidence to support O’Kane’s claim. The case was reopened a year later after more women were interviewed and Brainard sent it to the Nye County district attorney’s office in December 2017. By that time, however, the four-year statute of limitations has passed.
O’Kane told the newspaper she thinks her allegations were blown off due to her work as a prostitute and the revenue generated by Hof’s brothels throughout the county – a claim Bello denied, calling it “completely unjustified.”
“We had no choice but to deny it,” Bello said. “The statute of limitations had ended. We don’t prosecute or not prosecute based on fear or favor.”
A second woman identified as Diana Grandmaison who also met with Brainard claims she was assaulted by Hof at the bar inside the Bunny Ranch in Carson City while working there in June 2009. Grandmaison, whose stage name was “Diana Foxx,” said Hof called her to the bar and reached under her skirt. She was also forced to perform a sex act on Hof, she said, according to the police report.
“He did this to girls at the brothel all the time,” Grandmaison told the newspaper, adding that she didn’t initially report the incident out of fear of losing her job. “He would make young girls sit on his lap. I had no choice – you couldn’t say no. If you said no, you were going to pay a price and get kicked out of the brothel.”
Hof — whose famous Las Vegas brothel was the setting for HBO’s “Cathouse” series — has downplayed the women’s claims ahead of his second try to unseat Oscarson in a heated June 12 primary showdown, calling them “unsubstantiated allegations and innuendo.”
Source: New York Post (Joshua Rhett Miller)
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