Some of high-end Chicago brothel’s clients work in law en­force­ment, gov’t, ac­cord­ing to court fil­ing

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - JON SEIDEL RE­PORTS,

Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions have a way of mak­ing public of­fi­cials ner­vous.

That’s been true in Chicago, es­pe­cially since the feds re­vealed a se­ries of on­go­ing public cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tions. But it turns out an­other case at the Dirk­sen Fed­eral Court­house could have a sim­i­lar ef­fect — a pros­e­cu­tion in­volv­ing an al­leged high-end brothel.

Jes­sica Nes­bitt, also known as Madame Priscilla Belle, faces a 13-count in­dict­ment re­volv­ing around her for­mer West Side busi­ness, Kink Ex­traor­di­naires. And though her lawyers have made clear she es­tab­lished a large clien­tele, they went fur­ther in a court fil­ing late Wed­nes­day.

Lawyer Adam Shep­pard wrote in the fil­ing that “many of Ms. Nes­bitt’s for­mer clients hold po­si­tions of pres­tige in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing in law en­force­ment and gov­ern­ment.”

Reached Thurs­day by the Chicago Sun­Times, Shep­pard de­clined to ex­pand on the in­trigu­ing com­ment, cit­ing an or­der that re­stricts the re­lease of in­for­ma­tion about the case. Still, the dis­clo­sure is sure to in­crease in­ter­est in the pros­e­cu­tion of Nes­bitt, who main­tains she ran a le­gal busi­ness and paid her taxes.

In the same nine-page fil­ing, Shep­pard also wrote that the case in­volves no mi­nors. “There is no al­le­ga­tion that Ms. Nes­bitt de­frauded any­body. Nor is there any al­le­ga­tion that any­one en­gaged in any non­con­sen­sual con­duct,” the fil­ing said.

A sta­tus hear­ing in the case is set for next week. The in­dict­ment filed against Nes­bitt al­leges pros­ti­tu­tion and fi­nan­cial crimes.

In his fil­ing, Shep­pard asked U.S. District Judge Robert Dow to re­con­sider a rul­ing that re­quired Nes­bitt to give the names of for­mer em­ploy­ees and clients she’d like to con­tact to pros­e­cu­tors. He wrote that Nes­bitt has about 9,000 for­mer clients and hun­dreds of for­mer em­ploy­ees.

“Many of Ms. Nes­bitt’s for­mer clients hold po­si­tions of pres­tige in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing in law en­force­ment and gov­ern­ment,” Shep­pard wrote. “Given the dis­creet na­ture of the topic at hand, many have ex­pressed their re­luc­tance to speak to any­body but Ms. Nes­bitt, di­rectly.”

Shep­pard wrote that many of her for­mer clients and em­ploy­ees are her friends, and they are also “lead­ers in in­dus­try, gov­ern­ment, and law, who have of­fered Ms. Nes­bitt fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

“Some­times they were friends first, who came to the busi­ness, and some­times friend­ships de­vel­oped,” Shep­pard told the Sun­Times.

Kink Ex­traor­di­naires has been de­scribed as “the pre­mier Dun­geon of Chicago.” Its web­site said it of­fered “beau­ti­ful, psy­cho­log­i­cally so­phis­ti­cated Kinksters” who “play out of a pri­vate five-floor dun­geon with mul­ti­ple, fully equipped, themed rooms.” The busi­ness, of­fi­cially known as Se­lec­tive Man­age­ment En­ter­prises Inc., was based in the 2400 block of West Au­gusta.

FILE PHOTO

Jes­sica Nes­bitt af­ter a court ap­pear­ance last year at the Dirk­sen Fed­eral Court­house in Chicago.

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