LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion's ex-husband is coming to the aid of her ex-boyfriend: Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.
Sisolak's accused of having an inappropriate relationship with Vermillion's teenage daughter, but the girl's dad said she's being used a puppet for her mom's personal benefit.
News 3’s Mackenzie Warren broke the story and has the latest…
“The damage is done. And Kathleen and Mr. Fierro and Mr. Martin, who claims to be an attorney, knows better than this and to put a 15-year-old young lady in this type of position and coax and coach her is unconscionable to me and I’m shocked,” says Sisolak. It’s the latest bombshell to drop in the battle between Sisolak and Vermillion.
Vermillion's ex-husband, Bert Boutin is backing Sisolak and came forward with this statement this afternoon.
“For the record, I state to you that I have spoken with my daughter about these allegations that have been leveled against Steve Sisolak. She told me the allegations are false. In a desperate move, Kathleen and her advisors managed to coax my daughter into appearing on a video. My daughter thought she was helping her mother and did not realize the harm it would cause.”
The harm would be what Sisolak says was an attempt to extort him out of $3.9 million. He says Vermillion's camp—Attorney Rob Martin and PR guy Mark Fierro—said this video of Vermillion's daughter telling of late-night texts and trips to Victoria's Secret would disappear if Sisolak paid the money. So who's telling the truth? The answer is in a recorded conversation now in the hands of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“I decided to go in prepared,” Sisolak says. He went in wired. Sisolak hired a private investigator who sent him in with a recorder, capturing the entire conversation to prove his claim he was blackmailed.No one but Metro has a copy of the tape and it’s being used as evidence in the criminal extortion complaint he's filed against the three.
Sisolak says it's telling and will reveal a conversation filled with offensive, disturbing comments. “You’d be shocked and that it was a clear attempt to manipulate and coax a 15-year-old through this videotape,”
So was it extortion or not? Martin, Vermillion’s attorney, released a statement Wednesday evening claiming it was Sisolak's attorney who asked for a settlement conference.
According to Martin, Sisolak's attorney said they would only meet if money was not discussed and the Vermillion team told then told them there would be no reason for a settlement conference. Martin says Sisolak's attorney called again and said they wanted to meet; Martin says they met "under statutorily protected settlement rules."