Nevada brothel owner turned Republican politician Dennis Hof has been charged with rape.
Nevada authorities confirmed on Wednesday they were investigating the legal pimp Hof after a woman showed up at the hospital with a complaint that Hof had raped her over the weekend.
The sheriff of the city of Carson, Ken Furlong, did not say if the woman worked for the 71-year-old man in one of his several legal brothels, and cited the desire to protect the privacy of the woman.
Hof, who starred in HBO's adult reality series, Cathouse, and is running for a seat in the state Assembly, said in a statement Wednesday that he is cooperating with the sexual assault investigation, but denies any wrongdoing.
The legal pimp Denis Hof was charged with rape over the weekend by an unidentified woman
The 71-year-old man is running for a seat in the Republican state assembly and owns several legal brothels
Hof has been accused of sexual assault on at least three other occasions since 2005.
"While he has his suspicions, at this time Mr. Hof does not know exactly what the accusations are, who made them or when the alleged incident allegedly took place," Hof's campaign said in a statement.
"However, he completely and completely denies that any such incident occurred and believes that the accusations are baseless and politically motivated."
Hof, looking for a seat in a southern district near the city of Pahrump, has shaped himself as a candidate in the style of Donald Trump.
He wrote a book called "The Art of the Pimp," similar to Trump's 1987 book "The Art of the Deal," and has called himself "The Trump of Pahrump."
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in June that three former prostitutes accused Hof of sexual assault in 2005, 2009 and 2011 at his brothel Bunny Ranch near Carson City and the Love Ranch brothel outside of Las Vegas.
Prosecutors refused to bring charges for the allegations, citing the statute of limitations expired.
Hof denies those accusations. He told The Associated Press earlier this year that women's claims are "totally absurd" and that they embittered against him because they were not as successful in the sex industry.
Hof has been accused of sexual assault on at least three other occasions since 2005. He is photographed in 2011 with Cami Parker.
Hof starred in HBO's adult reality series, Cathouse, which documented the workers at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch.
The state Department of Public Safety investigation was first reported by the Nevada Independent on Tuesday night.
Hof has become entangled with county regulators, who have twice shut down one of their brothels in southern Nevada, claiming they could not renew their licenses or obtain proper permits for renovations.
He denies the accusations as "politically motivated" & # 39; and is cooperating with researchers
The owner of the brothel has said that the problems of regulation in the brothel outside Las Vegas, where the NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015 also have a political motivation. He has taken county and county officials to court.
The problems have arisen in the midst of an anti-brothel campaign driven by a coalition of religious groups and activists against sex trafficking. Voters in Lyon county, where Hof has several brothels, will consider in November whether to ban legal brothels. A similar effort failed in Nye County.
The brothels, which are illegal in the counties that contain Las Vegas and Reno, date back to the days of Nevada as a mining territory some 150 years ago. The brothels were illegal but tolerated in some areas until 1971, when the Mustang ranch near Reno became the first legal brothel.
It led to a movement that allowed counties with populations of 700,000 or fewer to decide whether to legalize prostitution in authorized facilities. Outside the brothels, prostitution is illegal.
About 20 brothels operate in Nevada, mainly in rural areas. The state does not disclose how many are open, and most owners maintain a much lower profile than Hof's.
Sheriff Furlong said that because Hof is a political candidate and there is a controversial battle for brothels in the neighboring county, "we felt it was better if the state handled it."