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Dem Op Bob Beckel in Court Sex Mess... Pair attempted to extort political analyst
The Northern Virginia Journal ^ | 8/30/02 | Lauren Dunn

Posted on 08/30/2002 5:41:44 PM PDT by PJeffQ

Records: Pair attempted to extort political analyst
By LAUREN DUNN
Journal staff writer

A former host of CNN's ``Crossfire Sunday" and regular contributor to CBS ``This Morning" paid a Fairfax County woman to perform sex acts on him at his Maryland home and was then threatened that the incident would be made public unless he paid $50,000, according to Virginia court records.

Bob Beckel, a political analyst who managed Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, paid a woman $300 per hour to visit his home on June 27 and 29. Days later, he found a note on his car and a message on his answering machine demanding money and threatening to release evidence of the woman's visits to his family and the media, according to a search warrant filed Aug. 26 in Alexandria Circuit Court.

Beckel said Thursday that he cannot comment on the case because it still is under investigation.

Officer Joyce Utter, Montgomery police spokeswoman, acknowledged Thursday that Beckel was the victim of extortion and that he has been very cooperative. She would not comment on the case because it is still being investigated.

Three people from Alexandria, Washington, D.C., and Fairfax County were arrested and charged last week with extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion.

About 6 p.m. June 27, Beckel was at his Bethesda, Md., home when he found an Internet Web site with a photograph of a woman named ``Tiffany," who was dressed in provocative clothing. The site said she was available for regular sessions, bachelor parties and multiple-hour sessions, according to the warrant's sworn affidavit.

Beckel called the telephone number listed on the Web page and made arrangements for the woman to come to his house for a $300-an-hour massage, the affidavit states. The woman, who identified herself as Tiffany, arrived at his home and he paid her $600 for two hours.

During the visit, she performed oral sex on him and he revealed to her that he worked for a ``major media syndicate." She asked if he could say something to her in code while he was on television, but he said he could not, according to the affidavit.

Tiffany saw Beckel again at his home from 3 to 6 p.m. June 29 and received a check for $1,300. She performed oral sex on him and she agreed that she would return to his house July 1, the affidavit states. On July 1, she left him a message saying that she was going out of town and he never heard from her again, according to the warrant.

Beckel left town from July 5 to July 11; when he returned, an envelope was on the windshield of his car. The envelope contained a computer-generated letter that stated: ``for the last time, you need to drop off the money on Friday July 12, 2002 at exactly 4pm." The letter then stated, ``you might want to listen to your answering machine if you think I have prove of your actions," according to the affidavit.

Beckel remembered that he had a similar envelope in his mail from the previous day. He opened that letter and realized it was the first computer-generated extortion letter, according to the affidavit. The letter stated: ``I've been watching you for the past few months. Now in my possession I hold credible evidence of your illegal activities. This includes taped phone conversations, pictures, times, dates, dates and soliciting sex. These instructions are to be followed 100% or the above evidence stated will be turned over to your wife, your employer, and the newspapers."

The letter included demands for $50,000 in cash, all in $100 bills, a drop-off time of 2 p.m. July 7 and directions to the drop-off area on Potomac Street in Washington, the affidavit states.

Beckel then listened to his answering machine and recognized his first conversation with Tiffany. A male voice then told him to look at the message on his car, the warrant states.

Beckel went to see his lawyer and they went to the Montgomery County police station in Bethesda. Police set up a surveillance team and Beckel was given a bag, which contained a newspaper and a note that said, ``I am still working on the money, give me another week."

About 3:30 p.m. July 12, Montgomery police officers were at the drop-off location in the District and observed a green, two-door Chevrolet car that was being driven in a suspicious manner.

There were two men and a woman in the car. The car drove near the drop-off spot, but did not pick up the package, the warrant states.

Officers subpoenaed phone records and subscriber information for the telephone number listed on Tiffany's Web page. The listing came back to Annandale resident Maryam Massihi, who had been convicted of running a prostitution ring out of Fairfax County, the affidavit states.

Massihi pleaded guilty in January of running the ring and was sentenced to two years in prison, with two years suspended, according to Fairfax County Circuit Court records.

According to the affidavit, Massihi had run the Fairfax County ring with 28-year-old Abdullah Hamid. Hamid and his partner, Eric Holland, would drive female escorts to different locations, where the women would perform sex acts on clients.

The trio employed several women and Massihi trained the women and taught them how to act, the affidavit states.

A registration check on the green car showed that it was registered to Holland, 28, of Alexandria. On July 18, detectives observed the same green car in front of Holland's home, the affidavit states.

Fairfax County police told Montgomery officers that Hamid was using a newer-model Cadillac Escalade. A check on his registration showed that Hamid's address was the one on Massihi's telephone records.

Montgomery police also checked Hamid's bank records, which indicated that both of Beckel's checks had been deposited into his account.

The Alexandria warrant authorized city and Montgomery police to search Holland's home at 37 S. Bragg St. About $700 in cash and a box of documents were recovered Aug. 23 from the home.

Alexandria police would not comment on the investigation because it is being led by Montgomery police. ``It is a routine investigation that crosses over state and county lines and it is typical to have a local law enforcement department assist," said Amy Bertsch, city police spokeswoman.

Massihi, 23, whose real name is Angela Anglin, Holland and Hamid were arrested and charged Aug. 21 in connection to the extortion case. Anglin and Holland are being held without bond at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center. Hamid was released on a $50,000 bond.

They were not charged with prostitution or running a ring because police are focusing on the extortion investigation, Utter said. Extortion carries a heavier penalty than prostitution.

Beckel has not been charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Beckel, known in political circles as a liberal pundit, made headlines after the 2000 presidential election, when Republicans said he tried to persuade some members of the electoral college to vote for Democrats.

During Mondale's 1984 primary campaign for president, Beckel adopted the phrase ``Where's the beef?" to describe a lack of substance in rival Democrat Gary Hart.

He wrote a syndicated column in the Los Angeles Times until October 2000 and has made appearances on ``CBS News", ``NBC Nightly News", ``Face the Nation" and ``Meet the Press". He co-hosted ``Crossfire" in the late 1990s and continues to hold television contracts with CNN and work as a political consultant.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: beckel; bob; consultant; democrat; internet; sex
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1 posted on 08/30/2002 5:41:44 PM PDT by PJeffQ
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To: PJeffQ
300 bucks an hour?
Sheesh!


2 posted on 08/30/2002 5:45:52 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: PJeffQ
$300 an hour? Does that mean that she has outstanding talent in her field? he he
3 posted on 08/30/2002 5:45:58 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: PJeffQ
Irony - it can be ironic at times...
4 posted on 08/30/2002 5:46:14 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: janetgreen
Have you ever SEEN Bob?
5 posted on 08/30/2002 5:46:44 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Nope, I never heard of him. I wonder if Bill Klinton has her phone number?
6 posted on 08/30/2002 5:48:27 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: janetgreen
Will Beckel be charged with soliciting?
7 posted on 08/30/2002 5:48:56 PM PDT by PJeffQ
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To: PJeffQ
I always love this kind of good news.

Perhaps Mrs. Beckel needs to visit here: CLICK AND SMILE

8 posted on 08/30/2002 5:48:58 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: PJeffQ
Other interesting comments here.......



9 posted on 08/30/2002 5:49:53 PM PDT by deport
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To: PJeffQ
I'm sorry, but $300 an hour is not NEARLY enough to service that sack of @*^%. They should be suing him for underpayment.
10 posted on 08/30/2002 5:50:17 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: PJeffQ
The article itself is so jaw dropping, that any commentary would be superflous. But, I can't help myself. No wonder Beckel was such a big defender of Clinton. I think oral sex, with hookers and young interns, is part of the DNC party platform.
11 posted on 08/30/2002 5:50:17 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: PJeffQ
Beckel adopted the phrase ``Where's the beef?"

Hey Beckel, it is one thing to ask about this, it is something else to display it. Funny to see him caught in one of the oldest cons in the world, the 'Badger Game'.

12 posted on 08/30/2002 5:50:18 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla
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To: PJeffQ
Surely you jest...
13 posted on 08/30/2002 5:50:26 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: PJeffQ
No wonder he was always defending Clinton.
14 posted on 08/30/2002 5:50:27 PM PDT by motherof 3
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To: janetgreen
If he was a Republican the women's groups would be outraged that he exploited this woman and want him charged for soliciting...
15 posted on 08/30/2002 5:51:19 PM PDT by PJeffQ
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To: ppaul
I'm sure he put it on his expense account or he'd have to explain the charge to the lovely Mrs. Beckel, er, soon to be ex-Mrs. Beckel.

I think "Where's the beef" was what the hooker was asking him."

16 posted on 08/30/2002 5:51:53 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: PJeffQ
When I have time and get inspired, or is it aroused, I think a nice little song is in order.
17 posted on 08/30/2002 5:52:35 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: janetgreen
You havn't heard of this guy? He was the demo-rat who, during the 2000 election, said he was going to 'dig for dirt' on republican electors (of the electoral college), and blackmail so they will change their votes to vote for Gore instead of Bush...

That's the Bob I'm talking about, and it's the same Bob in the article... like I said - the irony

18 posted on 08/30/2002 5:53:26 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: PJeffQ
NOWHERE does it say he's a DEMOCRAT....it just says he's a liberal.

Bob Beckel paying for Lewinsky's...whoda thunk it. Payback for all the time he was so damn mean to Lynne Cheney n Crossfire!!! He is one OBNOXIOUS person.

A ...He wrote her a CHECK??? Shades ofCincinati's Democrat Mayor Jerry Springer.....Immoral IDIOTS.

19 posted on 08/30/2002 5:54:44 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: PJeffQ
Excellent news. Beckel is a hack on par with Begala and McAuliffe.
20 posted on 08/30/2002 5:55:08 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Chad Fairbanks
I just looked him up on a website. YEEECCCHHHH. After reading some of the bio, I do remember his name, just never saw his mug. She didn't charge enough!
21 posted on 08/30/2002 5:56:21 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: Dog Gone
Strange how attorneys and hookers make the same wages...
22 posted on 08/30/2002 5:56:49 PM PDT by Isle of sanity in CA
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To: janetgreen
$300 an hour? Does that mean that she has outstanding talent in her field? he he

Maybe she's a lawyer too.


23 posted on 08/30/2002 5:57:12 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: PJeffQ
I would have given anything to witness this creep breaking this little bit of good news to his wife and family.
24 posted on 08/30/2002 5:57:24 PM PDT by the-gooroo
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To: doug from upland
When I have time and get inspired, or is it aroused,

Please doug... not double entendres on this otherwise chaste and pristine thread... heh heh...

25 posted on 08/30/2002 5:57:33 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: PJeffQ
Abdullah Hamid --- looks like our Middle Eastern enemies just struck another blow on our homeland.
26 posted on 08/30/2002 5:57:42 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
I think "Where's the beef" was what the hooker was asking him."

LOL!!

27 posted on 08/30/2002 5:58:07 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: Jack-A-Roe
YUCK, how nasty, that old slimmy phoney demoncrat.
He was the one that got so many threats on his life, he had to move his family to a motel (during the gore debacle).
He has a wife and children, he was then concerned for his children.
28 posted on 08/30/2002 6:00:13 PM PDT by fabriclady
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To: janetgreen
She didn't charge enough!

No kidding!


Buuuurp.


29 posted on 08/30/2002 6:00:45 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: the-gooroo
Ooops-- your # 16---ya beat me to it. Great minds and all that. Can't wait for the song. Interesting how this story breaks on a friday night.
30 posted on 08/30/2002 6:02:00 PM PDT by the-gooroo
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To: janetgreen
Exactly... ;0)
31 posted on 08/30/2002 6:02:03 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: doug from upland
Might I recommend a light twist to "Breakfast At Tiffany's"? ;0)
32 posted on 08/30/2002 6:02:54 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: PJeffQ
I recall Bob Beckel as being a virulent anti-republican democrat spoksman on any tv talk show he could get time. He gives James Carville good competition for how mean a democrat operative can be.
33 posted on 08/30/2002 6:02:58 PM PDT by mountainfolk
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To: ppaul
http://www.naco.org/pubs/cnews/97-03-17/beckel.htm

I don't know how to post a picture, but there is a honey of a picture of him at this site, with Arianna Huffington, just scroll down the article.

34 posted on 08/30/2002 6:04:12 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: doug from upland
Oh man! Doug #30 was supposed to be addressed to you re: my #24.
35 posted on 08/30/2002 6:05:12 PM PDT by the-gooroo
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To: janetgreen
Here... :0)
36 posted on 08/30/2002 6:06:58 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: janetgreen
[T]here is a honey of a picture of him at this site, with Arianna Huffington...

Yecchhh!


37 posted on 08/30/2002 6:09:07 PM PDT by ppaul
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Thanks you guys! I couldn't find an e-mail address for Bob, so I guess we can't freep him...
38 posted on 08/30/2002 6:14:04 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: mountainfolk
He was the one who tried a campaign to get members of the electoral college to vote for Gore even if their states voted for Bush...
39 posted on 08/30/2002 6:14:49 PM PDT by PJeffQ
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To: Ann Archy
Yeah he did all o that, but he is still a good married Democrap.
40 posted on 08/30/2002 6:15:45 PM PDT by I'mAllRightJack
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To: janetgreen
To Freep him, here is the contact info for Keppler Associates, the Speakers Bureau that represents him...

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41 posted on 08/30/2002 6:19:56 PM PDT by PJeffQ
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To: ppaul
300 bucks an hour? Sheesh!

I bet she reported it all to IRS too. </Sarcasm off>

42 posted on 08/30/2002 6:21:30 PM PDT by zip
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To: doug from upland
maybe a DC area ring setup to gain intel from political/government types and to raise money for Hamas/Hizballah?
43 posted on 08/30/2002 6:23:20 PM PDT by PJeffQ
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To: janetgreen
I don't know if this is still valid - Email Bob Beckel...
44 posted on 08/30/2002 6:23:32 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: doug from upland
Abdullah Hamid --- looks like our Middle Eastern enemies just struck another blow on our homeland.

Doug, you little kidder, you. ;-)

45 posted on 08/30/2002 6:24:23 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: I'mAllRightJack
What;s with these Democrat cheating husbands???
46 posted on 08/30/2002 6:25:05 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: PJeffQ
The "Arab" name in the story is someone who changed their name that's all... no mideast connections trying to suck info from liberal pundits, so don't get paranoid :0)
47 posted on 08/30/2002 6:25:09 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: janetgreen
I couldn't find an e-mail address for Bob...

So e-mail his exclusive agent!

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Do you suppose "Tiffany" wanted some of that action?

48 posted on 08/30/2002 6:28:20 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: PJeffQ; Chad Fairbanks
I'm feeling particularly mean today due to loss of sleep, so I think I'll dash a few lines off to Bob just to let him know we're thinking about him...
49 posted on 08/30/2002 6:29:39 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Isn't that MOON RIVER?
50 posted on 08/30/2002 6:30:43 PM PDT by doug from upland
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