A federal judge in Alexandria is trying to decide whether Leo Christy Coldolon's conduct constituted fraud or just one man's way of getting a date.
Two years ago about 50 star struck women visited the plush Arlington Towers suit of "Mr. Leo" a man who claimed he could get them acting and modeling jobs in television commercials for Jean Nate and Reylon products and others and said he had made actress Cybill Shepherd a star.
Coldolon, also known as Mr. Leo, admitted this in a statement he filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria and said the women rehearsed scripts he gave them some quit their jobs and others hired baby sitters week after week so they could keep their appointments with him.
In his statement, he said he had told the women "their hopes for professional advancement and financial success in modelling and acting careers depended on their willingness to submit to improper sexual advances and propositions . . . and to provide (him with) sexual favors."
Coldolon filed the statement in court as part of his defense against a charge of wire fraud illegal use of the telephone - he is accused of talking to some of the women over the phone. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
The government contends that the women were defrauded of their "time, effort, travel, money and reasonable expectations" after they responded by Coldolon seeking aspiring actresses and models who could earn at least $25 an hour.
But Roger E. Zuckerman, one of the defendant's lawyers, argued in court papers that "the law has never prosecuted people for statements made as a prelude to or in connection with sexual activity."
Coldolon's conduct "essentially allowed (him) to meet people and to obtain favorable social introductions," and that "such conduct, even if dishonestly undertaken, is not within the perimeter of federal fraud statutes," according to papers filed by the defense.
In his statement, Coldolon said that Cinema Enterprises, a business he started, was being used "solely as a scheme for meeting young women and obtaining personal sexual gratification" and that he "never had any intention of seeking to find employment for the persons defrauded and intended to be defrauded in acting and modeling jobs."
During the trial yesterday, attorneys for Coldolon and the government gave U.S. District Judge Oren R. Lewis a list of things to which both sides agree, including the facts that Coldolon is neither a theatrical nor modeling agent, that he ran an ad in The Washington Post seeking actresses and models and that about 50 women responded.
Judge Lewissaid yesterday he would take the case under advisement.