Escort says Menendez prostitution claims were made up

A woman who said on tape that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex is now backing off those claims, telling police in the Dominican Republican that she was paid to make them, according to documents and two people familiar with the case.

The woman, one of two women who claimed Menendez hired them as prostitutes, now says she has never met the senator.

Carol D. Leonnig and Ernesto Londono have the story...

Updated 6:05 p.m.: The Post's Ed O'Keefe has Menendez's reaction: "I haven't seen the reports so I don't know the specifics about it, but as I've said all along, there are obviously some people, some interests using right-wing blogs that have been perpetuating smears about me and I hope that all the truth comes out, because they are nothing but that —  smears.

"I've always said that these are all false, they're smears, so I look forward to seeing whatever the Dominican courts have to prove what I've said all along."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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