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Senator Robert Menendez (R), D-NJ, chats before the start of the Senate Finance Committee on the nomination of former White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be treasury secretary on February 13, 2013. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Senator Robert Menendez (R), D-NJ, chats before the start of the Senate Finance Committee on the nomination of former White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be treasury secretary on February 13, 2013. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)  

Long-time escort confirms Sen. Bob Menendez paid her for sex

Conchita Sarnoff and David Martosko
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Beth also discussed Svitlana Buchyk, a Ukranian model whom she described as a fellow escort. Buchyk, she said, counts among her clients both Menendez and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a South Florida ophthalmologist who has been a major donor to Menendez’s campaigns.

Beth said she has never met Melgen herself. But TheDC sent her an Internet link to Buchyk’s website, and she confirmed that she is the same woman who has been servicing both men. (RELATED SLIDESHOW: Meet one of Bob Menendez’s alleged call girls)

“Obviously, she’s moved up the ladder, which is great,” Beth said. “And more power to her. You know, she has things, she’s doing her business, and I’m sorry she got caught up with a guy that may be a schmuck.”

Asked whether she was referring to Menendez or Melgen, she replied, “Both! Are you kidding? Although I hope they gave her a lot of financial backing.”

Court records obtained by the Palm Beach Post show that Melgen leased an oceanfront Florida condominium in 2009 for Buchyk to live in. She was forced out after less than a year, amid a contract dispute centered on Buchyk’s lengthy stay as a “visitor” in a condo unit that she didn’t legally own. (RELATED: Court documents: Menendez donor leased oceanfront condo for alleged prostitute)

Beth added that Buchyk’s responsibilities to Melgen have included procuring young women in the Dominican Republic whom he and his friends — including Menendez — can pay for sex.

“There’s so many brothels there,” Beth told TheDC. “Women are nothing. They’re [treated like] trash there, at any age. They have no meaning, no reason for being. So she [Buchyk] would OK it, because that’s her job.”

Asked if “OK it” referred to bringing girls to Melgen and Menendez, she replied, “Absolutely. She has no morals, but those girls are easy [to find]. They’re [treated like] trash. You use them and abuse them and they’re gone.”

Melgen has ferried Menendez to his home in a luxurious Dominican Republic resort on his private jet, on at least three occasions.

The senator often shared Melgen’s plane with Buchyk, according to Beth.

It’s common knowledge among elite call girls she knows in Florida that Buchyk was on Melgen’s plane “a lot,” she agreed.

They “were together an awful lot on the plane,” she added, while noting that she wasn’t present herself during any of the trips.

“I would like to be in her shoes, within reason,” Beth added, acknowledging that Buchyk lives a high-society life of luxury thanks to her wealthy clients. “But I really wouldn’t want to associate with those guys. Those two guys are not anybody I would want to have in my life.”