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'It was a party'

Andruw Jones says he had sex with Gold Club dancers

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Posted: Wednesday July 25, 2001 12:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 25, 2001 3:29 PM

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones testified Wednesday he had intercourse with two women from the Gold Club in a hotel room while owner Steve Kaplan watched.

Jones, a regular customer at the strip club, said he was invited to a private party by a Gold Club employee and escorted there by limousine on a night in late 1996 or early 1997.

He said he arrived at the hotel room to find two women "doing lesbian action." Jones testified he had intercourse with the two women, with Kaplan and several other men in the room watching.

Jones said he later recognized the two women in the Gold Club. Prosecutors did not ask Jones if the women worked there as strippers.

Testifying hours before the Braves were to play an afternoon game against the Cincinnati Reds, Jones said he never paid for the sex and did not know in advance that sex was part of the party.

"I just know it was a party, and there were girls there," he said.

Jones was a prosecution witness in the government's racketeering case against Kaplan and six associates.

Prosecutors say Kaplan used the lure of sex to attract professional athletes and celebrities while cheating customers to funnel cash to New York's Gambino crime family. The defendants are charged with obstruction, credit card fraud, loan sharking and other charges.

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