The case against alleged pimps Vincent George Sr. and Vincent George Jr. keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. First the pair, who are accused of running a very profitable "brothel on wheels" while treating their prostitutes like cattle (they allegedly branded them with street names), were connected tangentially to the death of Heath Ledger. Then yesterday five of the father and son's former employees, who prosecutors say were forced into the trade, hit up the courtroom and the steps outside to weep, talk up their old bosses, emphasize the fact they don't think they are victims, and uh, start a "prostitution revolution."
"We’re a family," one of the women, who refused to give her name, told the Daily News adding, "It’s not a crime to have more than one woman in your life." Another chimed in that, "And we are all proud to be Georges!" A third then reportedly called out "It's a prostitution revolution!" The women showed up in homemade tees covered in messages like "Free Vincent Jr. Sr." and "We Are Not Victims." If you are curious what these revolutionaries look like, well, click here.
In court, the Georges lawyers pushed the family idea too. "They're unabashedly prostitutes," explained Jr.'s lawyer, David Epstein. "They came in and out of Manhattan by themselves, they had their own houses and bank accounts, and they could have left anytime they wanted." Regarding phone taps that showed the men arguing with the women, the lawyer quipped, "Hey, there's some fighting on the tapes. But husbands and wives fight, too."
When a judge denied the Georges bail—they've been locked up without bail since April on charges of money laundering, violent sex trafficking and pandering—the group of working girls reportedly openly wept in court.