Aug. 30, 2019 13:37:08The Syracuse escort Suzana Rodrigues and her New York City escorts have been at the center of a social media controversy over the past few weeks.
They were photographed leaving the Atlantic City casino, wearing white shirts and hats, as well as sunglasses and a white cap, as they drove to the city from their hotel.
Rodrigues’ attorney, Paul O’Brien, said Thursday that his client and her escorts were traveling with the intention of visiting a friend in Las Vegas and were not in the casino for a personal purpose.
The escorts’ personal information, including names, phone numbers, social security numbers and dates of birth, was posted on social media, where some called them out as being “agents of evil.”
Rodrigues said she and her husband had been in Las, Nev., for about a month.
Rodrigue, the wife of a New York police officer, said she has not been contacted by authorities and said she was not targeted because of her name.
She and her escort colleagues, Rodrigues told The Associated Press, had no intention of engaging in illegal activities.
In an interview with the AP, Rodrigue said her escorting was not related to her marriage.
She said she is in the process of divorcing her husband, who is married with two children.
She also said her husband has been working in a casino, but she did not know where he works.
Rodrigued said she did have a personal security guard when she was with the escort team.
“I don’t know if I was being watched,” Rodrigues added.
O’Brien said that after the escort was pulled over by police, she did an extensive background check, including asking for fingerprints and checking the names and birthdates of the people in the car.
He said he did not see the images on social networking sites and that the pictures did not appear to be in a high resolution.
He said his client was not in a position to do anything illegal, as the photos were taken with a cellphone and a small tablet computer.
The escorts told him they were not escorting people for money, but rather to make friends and provide a safe environment.
O’Brien said he was not aware that Rodrigues had been photographed while driving.
“She was doing this for her friend in Vegas, and we were in a place where there was a lot of concern about what could happen to us,” O’Donnell said.
“There was nothing illegal about what she was doing.
It was not like she was making a money-making venture.
It just happened to be something that she and my client were in the mood for.”
Asked if he had ever seen any evidence of a “targeted” escort, O’Connors attorney said, “I am not aware of any of those.”
He said Rodrigues was “a good, well-liked woman who has no business being in a situation like this.”
O’Briens office, which has handled a number of cases of escort misconduct, said it has never been contacted about Rodrigues escorting and that any suggestion that he was targeted was false.