On Thursday, Olympian Suzy Favor-Hamilton, was exposed as a $600 per hour escort based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. The 44 year old has a daughter and ran for the US Olympic team in 1992, 1996, and 2000. Hamilton responded via Twitter, saying that she was coping with depression and this job was a way to help her cope with it.
Hamilton’s celebrity career once included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and work for Disney. According to the smoking gun, a reporter approached her a month ago about this and she denied any allegations of ties to the Las Vegas escort agency. She used the alias “Kelly Lundy”, to help hide her true identity when working with clients.
Her husband Mark Hamilton, 44, apparently knew about her side job and through much effort, could not get her to stop. Her husband, a lawyer, and their family live in a $600,000 home in Wisconsin and is in no financial distress according to records. Suzy Hamilton is a mother, motivational speaker, and runs a realty firm. Why would she need to do this? What sent her spiraling down this rabbit hole?
Hamilton’s brother, Dan, committed suicide in 1999, the year before her last Olympic appearance in Sydney, Australia. During the 1500 meter race in the 2000 games, she admitted she intentionally fell to the track when she realized she couldn’t win a medal for her late brother. In 2005, she was diagnosed with postpartum depression after having her daughter. As a result, she was prescribed the antidepressant Zoloft.
As a coping mechanism, she began working as an escort. She became of the most sought after escorts, working with Johns in major cities all over the US. Eventually, she believes one of her clients found out who she really was and leaked her true identity to reporters. During an interview, she was quoted as saying, “He totally broke all the rules by outing me. He is scum.”
Unfortunately, she also claimed to never have considered possible legal complications stemming from her escort work with the Haley Heston firm. Although prostitution may be legal in Las Vegas, it was not legal in the major cities she traveled to when she met with clients. The smoking gun reported that, “Haley Heston’s Private Collection is a cash-only business operating across state lines, an enterprise whose own web site makes a tacit admission of the firm’s criminal nature.”