Deborah Jeane Palfrey is the woman at the center of a sex scandal that has caused a deputy secretary of state to resign. Palfrey ran her escort service for 13 years. Federal prosecutors allege she was providing $300-an-hour prostitutes plus she was indicted by a grand jury on federal racketeering charges in February.
Palfrey threatened to sell phone records that could unveil thousands of clients. Then...she handed them over to ABC News for free. Then...Randall L. Tobias resigned on Friday as our deputy secretary of state shortly after confirming he had used the service.
Tobias, who is 65 and married, was director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He previously held a top job in the Bush administration overseeing AIDS relief, in which he promoted abstinence and a policy requiring grant recipients to swear they oppose prostitution.
ABC is expected to air a report on Palfrey and her clients on "20/20" on May 4, during sweeps. (surprise, surprise)