A Utah state senator was forced to hide in his hotel room after a persistent young woman appeared at the door and insisted she was his “date.”
Republican state Sen. Evan Vickers told media he was preparing to leave his room at the Little America on Thursday night when the woman appeared, KSTU-TV reported.
What did the woman say?
“I opened the door and there was a young lady standing there and she said ‘Hi,’ and I said, ‘Hi, who are you?’ And she said, ‘I’m your date.’ I said, ‘No, you’re not.’ She said, ‘Yes, I’m your date,’” KSTU reported.
The woman refused to leave and kept repeating that she was Vickers’ date.
“She was standing in front of the elevator and I said, ‘I don’t know who you are and what you’re doing here,’ and she said, ‘No, you don’t understand. I’m your date.’ I said, ‘No I’m not and walked back into the room,’” he told KSTU.
Vickers returned to the room, locked the door, and asked a legislative colleague to escort him out of the hotel. The woman left, and he was left wondering what she was trying to accomplish.
Hotel security is reviewing security video footage and police are also investigating, the report states.
Utah Senate leaders quickly spread the word to other lawmakers, saying someone may be trying to entrap them, the TV station reported.
Why are lawmakers so concerned?
In light of the #MeToo movement and other recent developments, lawmakers were concerned.
“I’m shocked,” said Utah state Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, a Democrat.
State Senate President Wayne Niederhauser said the incident was reported to both Salt Lake City police and the Utah Highway Patrol, which provides security to state capitol.
“When people can make money like this, it attracts malintent,” Niederhauser said.
He was referring to a British tabloid report Wednesday that described how an escort named Brie Taylor claimed that state Rep. Jon Stanard (R) tried to solicit sex from her. That led to questions about whether Taylor was paid for her story, KSTU reported.
Stanard quit the Utah State Legislature earlier this week citing “personal and family issues,” according to the report.