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Cops Win Slander Suit Against Fleiss

Wed., July 16, 1997

Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was ordered to pay $340,000 for slandering two police officers who participated in her arrest and the father of one officer, an Olympic gold medalist.

They contended in a lawsuit that Fleiss went on Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s “Love Line” program in 1996 and made false and damaging statements, including accusations that the trio are homosexuals and sexual deviants.

Superior Court Judge Arnold Gold heard the case Thursday and made his ruling on Monday. He awarded $250,000 to former Olympic diver Samuel Lee and $45,000 each to Lee’s son, Beverly Hills police officer Samuel Lee II and Los Angeles police officer Patricia Corso.

The officers participated in the sting operation that led to Fleiss’ arrest on state pandering charges.

Fleiss is serving a 37-month federal prison sentence for tax evasion and money laundering. She is serving a concurrent state sentence of 18 months for attempted pandering.


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