Nexis de los Santos Santana, a Dominican Republic woman who appeared in a video accusing Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) of paying her to have sex, now says that she was paid to make the accusations, reports the Washington Post.
Santana told Dominican Republic police that she had never met Sen. Menendez, who has visited the country multiple times. Santana said that she and her friend appeared in the video after two lawyers approached them with money and a script.
The documents were released by Vinicio Castillo Semán, the cousin of Dr. Salomon Melgen, according to the Miami Herald. Melgen was also implicated in the prostitution scandal.
The video was published by the right wing website DailyCaller.com days before Sen. Menendez was re-elected last November. In the video, the two women claimed Sen. Menendez had agreed to pay them for sex while he was staying in the Dominican Republic.
Sen. Menendez denied the allegations, describing them as a right-wing fabrication.
“It’s amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a Web site can drive that type of story into the mainstream, but that’s what they’ve done successfully,” Sen. Menendez said last month. “Now, nobody can find them. No one ever met them. No one ever talked to them, but that’s where we’re at. So the bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false and, you know, that’s the bottom line.”