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Mayor-Elect Michael Hancock: 'Allegations are false'

11:30 AM, Jun 11, 2011   |    comments
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Hancock spoke outside his home to 9NEWS and The Denver Post. He said he has never been to the club and never heard about the club until he was asked. He also stated he has never been with a prostitute.

"These allegations are completely false. And it's very disappointing and time consuming that we have to stop from what ought to be a wonderful time in my life and the life of the city," Hancock said.

When asked why his name would appear on a brothel list Hanock stated, "I don't know why my name appears on there. Anybody can write the name, the documents I saw were handwritten. My phone number that I've had, I've had since 2001, thousands of people have that number. I can't tell you why my name appears on that list."

9NEWS and The Denver Post had asked the Hancock campaign for cell phone and bank records from 2004 through 2007. That is the time frame of the allegations. Friday, Hancock said he has asked his team to be as open and direct as possible but that he won't open up his financial life to the news media.

Several news outlets, including 9NEWS requested any evidence the Denver Police Department might have had, including surveillance video, of the Denver prostitution business.

On Thursday, records were released showing the department has no surveillance video or photographs of Hancock or his vehicle at the prostitution business. Search warrants say the police department and other government officials surveyed the brothel at 1675 Fillmore Street in the year 2007 as part of an investigation into tax fraud and tax evasion. The business has since been shut down.

The prostitution house was closed in February 2008 after police and federal agents raided it and seized records. Owner Brenda Stewart was indicted on tax fraud related charges. She has reached a plea deal with the government.

Police did not seize records from the former owner of the brothel, Scottie Ewing.

On Monday night, Ewing filed a police report claiming his house had been burglarized and that the Denver Players/Denver Sugar client list, receipts and appointment books had been stolen during the burglary.

Denver Police say they're investigating the burglary and do not have any suspects at this time.

If you have any information about this story, please email Investigative Reporter Deborah Sherman at Deborah.Sherman@9NEWS.com.  

For more on the collaborative reporting on this story, you can visit The Denver Post.

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