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Washington State GOP Rep. Curtis Exposed by Sordid Police Report

Problems deepened yesterday for Washington State GOP Rep. Richard Curtis, the target of an alleged extortion plot by a male prostitute in Spokane.

Castagna_2On Monday afternoon, Curtis told the press, "I committed no crime. I did not solicit sex. I was trying to help somebody out. I am not gay. I have not had sex with a guy. It's been a rough week. Look, the rest of this will all come out. I can't say anything more until I have talked to my attorney. I have never been in this situation before."

Curtis reportedly met 26-year-old Cody Castagna, a waiter from Spokane at an adult video store, where two gay porn films were purchased, and traveled to the Davenport Towers Hotel where the two had sex, according to details in a police search warrant.

According to The Columbian, "The police report contains an account of how Curtis allegedly donned women’s clothing, red stockings and a black sequined lingerie top before engaging in a sex act at the store. He continued to wear them throughout the night under his clothing." Those details do not appear to be in the search warrant, however.

Once the two men finished having sex, Curtis told police he fell asleep. Castagna, who has spent two months in jail as an adult on a forgery charge, allegedly took Curtis' wallet from the room at that point and later demanded $200 for it, threatening to tell Curtis' wife that he was gay. Curtis brought $200 to the hotel desk in an envelope for Castagna. Curtis didn't receive the wallet at that time, but got a phone call later demanding another $800. According to the police report, Spokane officer Madsen was present when he received the call, and listened in.

DavenportCastagna claims that Curtis agreed to pay him $1000 for sex (a claim Curtis denies) and that because Curtis only had $200 at the time, Castagna took Curtis' wallet as collateral for the balance.

Said Castagna at a press conference Tuesday: "I feel that, honestly, I’m being wrongly accused and that (Curtis) is using his power to take it off of him and put it on me. He has completely changed what actually happened and turned it around for his favor."

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Castagna also told KXLY4 Executive Producer Melissa Luck in an email exchange: "Well I will say this Richard offered me money to engage in sexual acts I wasn’t into. [M]y stupid ass agreed and since he was tired he gave me his wallet as collateral until he woke up and could get me the money and I got the feeing he was screwing me and he was not only that he turned the whole thing around in his favor to save his butt and is screwing up my [w]hole life."

Castagna's lawyer added: "He didn’t make any threats against this guy (Curtis). This is an extremely a low-level situation that’s being blown out of proportion by somebody who is trying to save themselves."

Curtis contacted Spokane police and then began to worry that details of the incident would expose him.

Spokane Police Detective Tim Madsen wrote in the report: "Curtis told me he was just trying to put the cap back on the tube. “I told Curtis that the suspect may victimize other people in the future, and Curtis acknowledged that part of his job was to protect people in the state of Washington. … Curtis said he wished he would have just paid the additional money to the suspect because he didn’t wish the case to be prosecuted. If the incident became public, it could cost him his marriage and career."

CurtisCurtis then apparently called a fellow Republican, Sgt. Roy Rhine of the Washington State Patrol, a move which backfired, as the WSP, according to The Columbian, referred the case back to the local police.

Police also have physical evidence: "As part of their investigation, Spokane police have seized video recordings from the hotel and the sex shop, computerized records of when Curtis’ hotel room door was opened and closed, and hotel records purportedly showing the rental of gay porn movies by someone in Curtis’ room."

No charges have been filed yet in the case.

Of course this is the real kicker to the story. The Spokesman Review reported yesterday: "Elected to the state House of Representatives in 2004, Curtis has voted like a fiscal and social conservative. This spring, he voted against domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples. Last year, he opposed a gay rights bill that banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

Search Warrant [pdf]
Police report sheds new light on Curtis encounter [the columbian]
Castagna claims he didn't blackmail state legislator [kxly spokane]
Police documents: SW Wash. GOP lawmaker had sex with man [seattle post intelligencer]

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  1. So, another republican hypocrite exposed,huh? I'm starting to think the Republican party are as gay as the catholic church-maybe they should come together for an orgy-oops, a conference on how to stop gay rights or something.
    Anyhoo, as for this evil loser,throw the charges at him. Evil fucker.

    Posted by: Nikko | Oct 31, 2007 8:16:18 AM

  2. The most amazing thing about this story is how commonplace stories of this type have become. You almost expect to hear about this kind of thing.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 31, 2007 8:17:43 AM

  3. No kidding! And next week the headline will read "Rehab for Curtis", followed by "I am cured!".

    Does ANYONE care?

    Posted by: Rad | Oct 31, 2007 8:40:02 AM

  4. Now, say it with me, y'all:


    Openly gay men don't normally find themselves in this position. Openly gay men don't have to go home and confess to their beard/wife that they had sex with a man behind her back and, by the way they don't really like p*ssy much anyhow.

    Men having sex with men on the sly also are less likely to use condoms or safer sex practices. You know, all the "down low" dudes who go out, have unsafe sex and then return home to their wives - and have more unsafe sex.

    Simply coming out of the closet opens many, many doors. Why stay locked behind them, living in fear and just waiting until your luck runs out and the world discovers who and what you really are.

    Posted by: Jonathon | Oct 31, 2007 8:53:42 AM

  5. if he's not gay, why'd he check into such a faghettini looking hotel ?

    Posted by: A.J | Oct 31, 2007 9:03:21 AM

  6. Chris nailed the issue exactly. Here in Las Vegas these kinds of reports constantly appear on Craig's List from the party claiming injury, usually the "John". And in Las Vegas, the "John" is subject to arrest by participating so going to the police is rarely an option. The John attempts to blacken the credibility of the prostitute through repeated posts. Every variation to these scenarios comes into play with theft of jewelry and money leading the pack. Also, prostitutes that demand proof of the "John's" ability to pay up front, frequently wrestle the cash and bolt. The question remains, why get involved? What happened to going to a bar and using your best efforts to find someone who is of suitable character? These clandestine internet hook-ups so often end in disappointment and fraud. Think carefully before acting out a fantasy. Is the risk really worth it? Desperate people do desperate things.

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Oct 31, 2007 9:14:56 AM

  7. Castagna's hot

    Posted by: Davey | Oct 31, 2007 9:18:13 AM

  8. And yes, the spread of disease, while in an impaired or lustful state is a whole other issue. One that can follow you for the rest of your life.

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Oct 31, 2007 9:18:43 AM


    Posted by: CLIFF | Oct 31, 2007 9:36:51 AM

  10. Yes, but can Democrats around the country find a way to use all this wonderful hypocritical shit against the "God-fearing, family values" Republicans for the election. And will they be labeled homophobic for using it?

    Even though Dems have no chance of winning in Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, etc., I'd love to run ads featuring all these closeted, right-wing, anti-gay homos. Why, y'all could even play Donnie McClurkin's music in the background, if you like... you know, add a little color.

    God, I'ma gloatin'!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 31, 2007 9:51:19 AM

  11. "The police report contains an account of how Curtis allegedly donned women’s clothing, red stockings and a black sequined lingerie top before engaging in a sex act at the store. He continued to wear them throughout the night under his clothing."

    Richard Curtis: You are beautiful, no matter what they say. Words won't bring you down, they won't bring you down today.

    However--if I were you, I'd look up the word "gay" in the dictionary and have a little think about it.

    Posted by: David D. | Oct 31, 2007 9:52:10 AM

  12. Lol @ David D.!
    And yes, Castagna may be "hot", but what is with the upside-down back-to-front tennis visor??
    Have I had the misfortune to sleep through another fabulous trend?

    Posted by: Chaq | Oct 31, 2007 10:01:40 AM

  13. Another republican closet case comes to light...and at this point that makes about what, ummmmm 73 bajillion?

    Posted by: matt | Oct 31, 2007 10:14:36 AM

  14. Umm wow, so he's a cross dresser too. I wonder if he gets his fashion tips from Guiliani..

    Posted by: beergoggles | Oct 31, 2007 10:31:12 AM

  15. No, BEEROGGLES: But even though he's against most civil rights for gays, maybe he suppots a trans-inclusive ENDA. I mean, he'd have reason too, don't you think? I wonder how many 14 year old GAYS who are about to experiment with drag are going to use the drag name "ENDA"?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 31, 2007 10:39:32 AM

  16. And the winner is....!

    I should point out that gay men cheat on their boyfriends/husbands too. Not usually with women, but the hurt remains the same.

    I found the report confusing, but I'm guessing that Curtis is saying his wallet was stolen while Castanga is saying that he was solicited. The truth is out there.

    Posted by: anon ( | Oct 31, 2007 10:53:40 AM

  17. You know what I'd like to see? more Elton John outting -- where someone has been in a long-term relationship, and there's more there than sex. More of the relationships that were shown during the (Vermont? Massachusetts?) weddings, where people had been together for decades, finally declaring their love in public. If that's all people see, then that will eventually become the dominant 'reality' of how others view being gay. That's a good way of exploiting stereotypes.

    Instead, it's older dudes soliciting barely legal interns with sad IMs, then saying they were sexually assaulted as minors (two birds, one stone); or older dudes soliciting for anonymous sex using foot signals; or older dudes soliciting college kids for sex on online dating sites and dangling government positions as bribes; or this dude......... who tried to use his political position to get out of the police report, after getting rolled by a much younger hustler.

    Older dudes.
    Much younger men.

    Corruption of youth. Exploitation. Predatory sex. You may not agree with it, but there it is. Where's the love? where's the 'family values'? Where's the commitment? This goes a little beyond 'Republicans are hypocrites'. There need to be more images of homosexuals in committed relationships.

    The best thing gays can do is not just 'come out', but to come out in such a way that gay means more than anonymous sex, predatory sex. I know guys, of all orientations, love anonymous sex as often as possible with as many partners to choose from as possible. It's a guy thing, not an orientation thing.

    Too bad. Anyway, is it possible to create intentional 'set ups' of people being exposed for being gay while in long-term relationships? to counter the 'gays have no control over their dicks/gays seek the young'? It may take a couple years, or a decade, but it'd be worth it. If Hillary can (allegedly) have this great master scheme involving political blogs going back to the mid-90s, why not this?

    Posted by: Nita | Oct 31, 2007 11:05:02 AM

  18. Very thoughtful post, NITA. But if one wants to know why homo men do the things they do, I think they'll just have to ask Anne Rice.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 31, 2007 11:14:10 AM

  19. Derrick, if Donnie doesn't want to be gay anymore............. he has the same right as Tiger Woods not wanting to be black. Or Larry Wachowski not wanting to be a man.

    Yeah, those gay republicans are hypocrites for voting against gay marriage, while harboring gays in the party. You know what's screwed up, though? How many of these gay hypocrites are seeking marriage partners at the time of their outtings? Or pull the 'I'm not really gay as long as I'm on top'? It's like that recent cartoon, which I wish I could find, where the Congressman is at the mirror tells the strapping young intern/hustler in bed that he's against gay marriage because 'I'd never leave my wife for you'.

    If you're a politician and most of your experiences with homosexuality are of the 'find em, fuck em and flee' variety, isn't that a justification in the back of your mind to go with 'what the people at home want to hear so that I'm re-elected'?

    Or do you men really not think like that?

    Posted by: Nita | Oct 31, 2007 11:15:00 AM

  20. There are so many Jim McGreeveys, Larry Craigs and Dick Curtises of the world who think they can lead double lives and never get caught. In every city and town, they troll the bookstores, the boothstores, the train stations and parks while their unsuspecting families wait for them at home. And I know too many guys (both "straight" and gay) like this.

    Everyone's entitled to lead their own lives, but I have big problems with these guys is that they hold public office, and with that, wield power over MY life. They condemn me and my community, they oppress us, they refuse to grant us our legal rights ("ALL men are created equal") in the name of their God and their values, when in reality their values and moral code are no different (if not more depraved) than mine.

    Maybe leading the double life allows them to detach themselves from their gay feelings. It's something they can't control, they give it another personality/side so it's really not them. Therefore, the public self is "not gay." Disassociation is what therapists say. They just "have sex with men," they don't have "gay feelings."

    It's time the gay community got really angry about these incidents and used them to fuel a collective movement for legal equality in all areas. Why should we let closeted straights use us for sex behind closed doors and then demean us and discriminate us in public?

    P.S.--As guilty as Curtis looks, Castagna looked more like a sketchy hustler after the press conference. He has numerous prior arrests for similar crimes (forgery, robbery). Money for drugs maybe? Both of the guys in this case... I won't trust them as far as I could throw them.

    Posted by: Hank | Oct 31, 2007 11:17:21 AM

  21. Oh, Anne Rice. I've got Exit to Eden (great love story, until the end; Lisa submits, Elliot dommes. Square one), The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (hard to swallow class differentiations, and Beauty's almost as dumb as Terry Southern's Candy, but the gay sex scenes were well done) and officially gave up on catching up on any of her vampire tales after The Tale of the Body Thief. I'm not touching her tragic mulatto novels.

    But yeah, she writes a very well done gay sex scene (though I know a woman who thought her novels were irredeemably badly written pure trash). Those dudes -- with the exception of Lestat -- are all in love with one another, though, as well as themselves or hating themselves. Beyond that it's just: Searching for Daddy. Destroying Daddy. Submitting to Daddy. Becoming Daddy. Destroying Daddy.

    At what point does someone become tired of rinse/repeating? you know?

    Posted by: Nita | Oct 31, 2007 11:31:01 AM

  22. Just a mess, and, yet another instance of what the rampant homophobia and internalized self hate will do to you. The hooker is kind of cute, but, that wanna be thug, tough boy look and backwards visor would mean a 50% discount on his services since that is just silly looking, of which I wonder what they are, LOL!

    And, I thought those who picked up trade knew to never carry a wallet with you? I guess he must have just been use to toe tapping.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Oct 31, 2007 11:36:28 AM

  23. Great posts, Nita. I think it is a "guy" thing, not a straight or gay guy thing. It's older men liking sex with younger people (fill in the blank with the sex of choice). When is it a gay man thing, it gets attention because of the hypocrisy these politicians are showing. Sad. Sad. Sad. I agree with you, Nita. Let's see some more positive role models. Anyone have any nominees?

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Oct 31, 2007 11:36:40 AM

  24. "Older dudes.
    Much younger men."

    Er, have you looked at the Republican Presidential candidates and their trophy wives? How can you be surprised by gay men wanting trophy boyfriends? If you're old and rich, you can buy anything you want.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Oct 31, 2007 11:51:37 AM

  25. Here we go again!

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Oct 31, 2007 11:59:13 AM

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