"It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life."
Former Olympian and Stevens Point Native Suzy Favor-Hamilton has spent the past year as a high-priced escort in Las Vegas, according to a report that first appeared on The Smoking Gun.
Favor-Hamilton used the alias 'Kelly Lindy' when working as an escort, but shared her true identity with several male clients, according to the report. Her profile on the escort service's website listed prices beginning at $600 for a single hour, and up to $6000 for overnight 24-hour 'service'. When confronted, she admitted her work as an escort to a reporter.
Favor-Hamilton works as a motivational speaker, and has been a spokesperson for the Central Wisconsin Komen Race for the Cure since 2010.
Favor-Hamilton and her husband run a Madison Real Estate brokerage. She described the work as an escort as an “exciting” diversion.
On her Twitter account, Favor-Hamilton posted Thursday in a series of tweets:
“I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them. I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing. I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life. It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life. I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression. As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed, therefore never hurting anybody. I have been seeking the help of a psychologist for the past few weeks and will continue to do so after I have put things together. I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me. I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.”
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