Court records show that Salomon Melgen, the longtime Democratic donor linked to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, provided an oceanfront condominium to a Ukranian model at the center of prostitution allegations lodged against both men.
The Palm Beach Post reported Sunday that Melgen arranged for Svitlana Buchyk to occupy a condo he leased for her on Singer Island near Palm Beach, Florida in 2009. (RELATED SLIDESHOW: Meet one of Bob Menendez’s alleged call girls)
Melgen’s private jet carried Sen. Menendez to the Dominican Republic on at least three occasions for what an anonymous whistle-blower has alleged were a series of sex parties with prostitutes.
The whistle-blower’s documents, published online in January and first reported by The Daily Caller, included a a list of “some prostitutes involved,” including ”Svetlana B. (Sveta).” (RELATED: Emails show FBI investigating Menendez)
The Florida newspaper found court records showing that the The Condominium Association of Aquarius sued the owner of a condo unit because Buchyk was living there as a long-term visitor. The owner then filed a cross-complaint against Melgen, who leased the residence.
Condo rules prohibited visitors for more than two weeks without the association’s approval. Buchyk allegedly lived there for most of 2009.
Melgen claimed in court filings that the condo’s owner knew he leased the residence specifically for Buchyk to live in.
“Plaintiff knew and understood,” his attorney argued, “that Buchyk would reside in the premises, that this was the purpose of the lease and approval by the homeowners association was required, yet failed to obtain that approval and allowed the association to harass Melgen and Buchyk.”
Buchyk claimed the condo association’s manager sexually harassed her with lewd comments, and by attempting to look under her dress. The manager, Carlos Simoes, told the Palm beach Post that the accusations were “crazy stuff — none of that happened.”
“She was a young, attractive lady,” Simoes told Post columnist Frank Cerabino in a piece published Tuesday. “Most of the units in the building are occupied by older adults.”
“She was a guest and her time limit was over. If she was going to stay, we needed the proper documentation. She was asked to fill them out, and she didn’t want to be bothered.”