June 4, 2007 / 5:21 AM / 10 years ago

Hustler offers cash for sex smut on Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hustler magazine is looking for some scandalous sex in Washington again -- and willing to pay for it.

<p>Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt (C) signs autographs during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2006. Hustler magazine is looking for some scandalous sex in Washington again -- and willing to pay for it. REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

“Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official?” read a full-page advertisement taken out by Larry Flynt’s pornographic magazine in Sunday’s Washington Post.

It offered $1 million (500,000 pounds) for documented evidence of illicit intimate relations with a congressman, senator or other prominent officeholder. A toll-free number and e-mail address were provided.

The last time Flynt made such an offer was in October 1998 during the drive to impeach President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

In the following months, the pornographic publishing mogul threatened to expose one or two members of the Republican Congress pushing for the impeachment, according to media reports at the time.

That long-awaited expose, published months after Clinton’s trial, dropped no bombshells, according to a 1999 Slate.com article, but Flynt’s efforts played a role in the resignation of House-speaker designate Bob Livingston of Louisiana.

Flynt’s target this time, if he has one, was not immediately

known.

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