It was on this date, January 7, 1997, in Los Angeles, that Heidi Fleiss, known as the “Hollywood Madam,” was sentenced to 37 months in prison for cheating on her taxes and laundering prostitution profits. Fleiss spent 21 months in a federal prison in Dublin, California, and was released in 1999. There was talk of a “little black book,” which supposedly contained names of top studio executives and other entertainment figures, but Fleiss later admitted it didn’t exist.
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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.