‘ I don’t like you,’ ac­cused pimp tells pros­e­cu­tor

Chicago Sun-Times - - METROBEAT - BY JON SEI­DEL Staff Re­porter Email: jsei­del@ sun­times. com Twit­ter:@ Sei­del Con­tent

Near­ing the end of his trial on fed­eral sex traf­fick­ing charges, Ben­jamin Bian­cofiori squared off with a sea­soned pros­e­cu­tor Tues­day who asked, “you un­der­stand the rules in this court­room, right?”

“You un­der­stand that I ask the ques­tions,” As­sis­tant U. S. At­tor­ney Erika Csic­sila said. “And do you un­der­stand that you an­swer my ques­tions?”

Bian­cofiori sneered back as she pushed one more time, ask­ing whether he liked the rules.

“I don’t like you,” he said, “for ev­ery­thing you’ve done to me.”

So it went dur­ing Bian­cofiori’s con­tentious cros­sex­am­i­na­tion ahead of clos­ing ar­gu­ments in his trial at the Dirk­sen Fed­eral Court­house.

The feds say Bian­cofiori, of Naperville, spent nine years as a “vi­o­lent pimp” us­ing money, drugs, mind games and vi­cious beat­ings to con­trol his young, vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims. He has not de­nied the pros­ti­tu­tion.

“You’re a pimp, isn’t that right?” Csic­sila asked at one point.

“I am a pimp,” Bian­cofiori said. “And I’ve told ev­ery­body this re­peat­edly.”

Later, Csic­sila told ju­rors that Bian­cofiori was a “mas­ter ma­nip­u­la­tor.”

“Some­one who used lies and threats and vi­o­lence to get women to go out and have sex for money and then turn all of that money back over to him,” Csic­sila said.

But Bian­cofiori’s de­fense at­tor­ney told ju­rors he “did not make these women do a thing that they didn’t de­cide that they wanted to do for them­selves.”

The pros­e­cu­tor spent much of her cross- ex­am­i­na­tion of Bian­cofiori go­ing over a book he wrote. He claims it is a work of fic­tion. In it, he ex­plained that a pimp is “some­one who knows how to get into a b—-’ s mind and stay there. He can get a b—to do any­thing for him at any time.”

In an­other sec­tion, he wrote, “I was a pimp, and pimps don’t put cash in hoes pock­ets. They put dreams in their heads, d— in their mouth, and a foot in their a--.”

But he tes­ti­fied Tues­day that he “em­bel­lished events to sound good for the book.”

He ad­mit­ted he liked jew­elry. But when Csic­sila asked whether he paid $ 1,200 for a di­a­mond pen­dant, he cor­rected her and said, “let’s just be hon­est. I be­lieve the charm was $ 12,000.”

“At least if you’re go­ing to make me look bad, do a good job,” Bian­cofiori said.

He con­tin­ued to ac­knowl­edge phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tions with the women he worked with, telling ju­rors it was “noth­ing I con­done.”

“Yes or no, you beat them up?” Csic­sila said.

“That’s a broad state­ment,” Bian­cofiori said.

Later, as her cross- ex­am­i­na­tion ended, Csic­sila in­sisted, “you are a vi­o­lent, ma­nip­u­la­tive pimp.”

“That’s not true,” Bian­cofiori said.

“That is ab­so­lutely true,” she de­clared.


A de­fense lawyer said Ben­jamin Bian­cofiori “did not make these women do a thing that they didn’t de­cide that they­wanted to do for them­selves.”

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