A Municipal Court jury of six men and six women was selected today in the sex solicitation trial of Olympic hero Edwin Moses.
Two alternates, a man and a woman, were also chosen. Opening statements are scheduled to be presented Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Judge David Horwitz.
The track star arrived at the courthouse with his wife Myrella, his mother and attorney Harold Lipton.
Moses, 29, of Laguna Hills, Calif., was arrested last month in a Hollywood vice sweep after he allegedly solicited an undercover policewoman posing as a hooker. He has denied the charge, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in the county jail and a $1,000 fine.
National Public Radio today quoted a police report as saying Moses told officers he had a fight with his wife before going to a Hollywood disco the night of Jan. 12-13 and "wanted to be with somebody."
NPR also quoted a transcript of a nonrecorded conversation between Moses and an undercover policewoman identified only as "Officer Gonzales" in which Moses offered the woman $100 for two specific sex acts.
Defense attorney Edward Medvane refused to comment on the NPR report, saying only, "We will answer the charges in court."
Medvane has claimed that Moses was the victim of selective prosecution by police officers who were attracted to his Mercedes-Benz with its "OLYMPYN" license plate and wanted to entrap a famous name. Police have denied the allegation.
Horwitz, who Friday imposed a gag order on the case, has said jury selection will last one day and the trial a second day.
Horwitz turned down a last-minute NBC-TV request to film the trial, saying, "This is the Criminal Court Building, not a sound stage for 20th Century Fox."
Photographers and a television camera were allowed to take Moses' picture before selection of a jury, then were asked to leave the courtroom. They will be allowed to return for the verdict, Horwitz said.
Horwitz, who told prospective jurors that the trial would last about a week, said cameras will be allowed in the courtroom to hear the verdict.