Sarah Palin has called a report about Big Todd’s alleged affair with a Alaska massage therapist a “big lie,” and Anchorage police are backing her claim after arresting the therapist for prostitution.
The allegation was first reported by The National Enquirer” target=”new”>The National Enquirer, which famously broke the news about Tiger Woods’ alleged affair with New York party girl Rachel Uchitel.
The Woods report ultimately proved true, and helped kick off a five month sex scandal. More than a dozen women came forward to claim they had sex with the golfer during his marriage.
The tabloid also was first to report North Carolina Sen. John Edward’s affair with Capitol Hill staffer Rielle Hunter in 2007.
But in this case, Palin said the tabloid got it wrong.
“Look at this recent b.s. about Todd being all caught up in this prostitution ring in Anchorage,” Palin said on “The Bob and Mark Morning Show,” which airs on an Anchorage radio station.
“Heck. all they needed to do was to ask him, ‘Hey, Todd, have you been hanging out with hookers in Anchorage?”
Palin was particularly dismayed because the claims were apparently the work of political enemies in her home state.
Anchorage police told The Anchorage Daily News there was no substance to the claims.
The woman in question, Shailey Tripp, reportedly contributed free massages to one of Sarah Palin’s campaign staff when she ran for governor of Alaska.
The Enquirer said it received an anonymous email sent to various news outlets containing the allegations. The email identified Tripp and said her arrest in March 2010 was linked to her affair with Todd Palin.
“According to the tenants in the building of her offices, they saw Todd come and go often and heard noises that sounded like someone was having sex. It was the same tenants who called the police on her,” the email claimed.
Tripp, 36, was arrested on March 4, 2010 in Anchorage and charged with maintaining a house of prostitution, according to police. She pleaded no contest on June 13, 2010 with sentencing set for June 15, 2011.
Police say that none of the evidence they have examined shows any connection to Palin.
Rumors of infidelity have dogged the Palins, since Sarah’s unsuccessful run as Republican John McCain’s vice presidential candidate in 2008. The rumors subsided, amid heated denials, but gained new traction with the Enquirer report.