Jody Gibson

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Jody Gibson (self-nicknamed "Babydol") is an American former madam who was active in Hollywood in the late 1980s-1990's.

Going by the pseudonym "Sasha of the Valley", Gibson operated an "escort agency" in Hollywood,[1] during which time she employed several hundred women across 16 States of the United States of America, and also in Europe. In June 1999 she was arrested on charges of pimping and conspiracy; subsequently being convicted, she served 22 months imprisonment in the Central California Women's Facility.[2]

Biography[edit]

Gibson was raised in Westchester County, New York in a show business family.[3] Her father was a 1940s CBS radio announcer who later owned a chain of clothing boutiques. Her mother, Tobe Gibson, was a personal talent manager who discovered Tom Cruise as an unknown actor; her sister Amy Gibson was an Emmy-nominated actress, and aunt was the singer Georgia Gibbs.[3] It was her aunt's career that gave Gibson the ambition to be a pop music singer. Upon high school graduation she left Westchester and relocated to Manhattan, where she lived on the Upper East Side for several years. She relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1984 seeking a music and modeling career. For two years she was an occasional actress on the USA Network's Up All Night with Rhonda Shear.[3] Whilst trying to get her recording career off the ground, to make a living she began a small modelling agency in 1988, which quickly evolved into an illicit escort business servicing a financially exclusive clientele.[4]

Prostitution Procurement[edit]

On June 8, 1999, Gibson was arrested in a sting operation in West Los Angeles and charged with pimping and pandering. At the time of her arrest the prosecuting authorities stated that Gibson ran one of the largest prostitution procurement operations since Heidi Fleiss, employing around 300 women.[5] Her subsequent trial led to a conviction and imprisonment. Gibson's customer database, or Black Book, was entered as evidence at her 2000 trial, listing Bruce Willis, Tommy Lasorda, pop musician Steve Jones, film producer Don Simpson, and former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes among her clients. Willis, Barnes, Lasorda were among those who subsequently denied any association with Gibson's business.[6][7][8][9] On release from prison in 2002 Gibson published an autobiographical account of her life in Hollywood entitled Secrets of a Hollywood Super Madam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, Sarah (2007-02-27). "Affleck, Willis on Ex-Madam's Client List". E! Online. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Martindale, Stone (2007-02-27). "Madam 'Babydol' book of 'tricks' revealed". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Ressner, Jeffrey (October 1999). "What ever happened to Babydol?". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. ^ Interview with Gibson, 'Crime Watch Daily', 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ Lait, Matt (1999-06-11). "Alleged Leader of Global Call Girl Ring Arrested". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bruce Willis named in madam's 'black book'". Daily Mail. 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Hollywood Madam Names Celeb Clients". The Big Story. Fox News. March 1, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ Zeller, Tom Jr. (2007-02-27). "The Downside of Using the Best: A SuperMadam Tells All". The New York Times, The Lede news blog. 
  9. ^ 'Evening Standard', 'Bruce Willis Named in Madam's trick book', 27 February 2007. http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/bruce-willis-named-in-madams-trick-book-7172629.html