U.S. Senator David Vitter visited a Canal Street brothel several times beginning in the mid-1990s, paying $300 per hour for services at the bordello after he met the madam at a fishing rodeo that included prostitutes and other politicians, according to Jeanette Maier, the “Canal Street Madam” whose operation was shut down by a federal investigators in 2001.\
After they met, Maier said Vitter became a customer at the Mid-City brothel. He made several visits, she said, but had stopped coming before federal agents raided the brothel.
Maier’s attorney, Vinny Mosca, upon learning of his client’s allegation on Tuesday, said he had never known Vitter to visit the brothel or heard Maier mention his name.\
“Through all my association representing Jeanette in the case, his (Vitter’s) name never came up. It’s not on the list. He was not caught on the wiretaps. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t (at the brothel), but in all this time I never knew him to be. To my knowledge he didn’t go to the brothel.” Mosca said.\
Beyond her assertion in an interview Tuesday afternoon that Vitter was an occasional customer, Maier offered no evidence or documents to support her claim.
At the New Orleans brothel, Maier said Vitter spent time with several women, but preferred one in particular named Wendy. She said all the girls that were with Vitter described him as a kind, respectful man, who did not talk down to them or use drugs.\
“I’m not out to ruin a marriage, I’m out to save a man,” Maier said. “I want his wife to know he’s a good man, I want his children to know he’s a good father. If he had sex out of wedlock, so what? At least he stayed with his children.”
As the madam of the Canal Street Brothel, in New Orleans, Jeanette Maier was a businesswoman whose business was women. Unfortunately, this also included her daughter, Monica. By age 15, Monica had started stripping with her mother, and by 23, she was turning tricks and paying mom and grandma’s steep 50 percent commission.