A prosecutor accused a Manhattan woman on Wednesday of controlling a ring of several dozen high-priced prostitutes and said that she tried to dismantle the operation when she sensed the authorities closing in.
The woman, Kristin Davis, 32, was ordered held in $2 million bail after her arraignment in Criminal Court in Manhattan on charges of money laundering and promoting prostitution.
As Ms. Davis, wearing a black hooded jacket emblazoned with rhinestones in the shape of a flaming skull, stood in front of a judge, her lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, said that she was “clothed with the cloak of innocence” and was pleading not guilty.
Mr. Heller added that his client believed she was being “persecuted” because the recent investigation into former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s use of prostitutes had created a fervor about call-girl operations.