BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS/AP) Susan Finkelstein, the fanatic Phillies fan accused of offering sex for World Series tickets, was just trying to score seats so she and her husband could go to a game, her lawyer told a Pennsylvania paper.
He also said Finkelstein did nothing illegal.
Investigators say Finkelstein posted an ad on the classifieds Web site Craigslist that stated she was a die-hard Phillies fan and "buxom blonde" who was willing to get "creative" when it came down to payment.
An undercover officer responded to the ad and claims he met with the 43-year-old woman at a bar and she offered to perform various sex acts in exchange for tickets.
The officer explained he only had one ticket, but said his brother may have a second, Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran told the New York Post. Finkelstein "offered to take care of them both," he said.
She was then handcuffed, and later charged with prostitution and related offenses, say police.
"It was really quick," Harran said to the Burlington County Times. "She just said how much of a Phillies fan she was and that this was the first time she ever did anything like that."
But Finkelstein's lawyer says this is much ado about nothing.
"You're talking about a 43-year-old woman who was overcome by Phillies fever," her attorney William Brennan said according to the Burlington County Times. "All she was looking to do was take her husband to a World Series game. You know that Madonna movie 'Desperately Seeking Susan'? This was 'Susan Desperately Seeking.'"
Asked why she listed herself as a "buxom blonde," her lawyer told the paper, "I guess if she put 'little bridge troll' nobody would respond."
Brennan denied the prostitution allegations and says nothing in the Craigslist posting amounts to illegal behavior and that the Phillies fan is just misunderstood. He says there was no offer of sex for tickets.
"I guess she was going to work out what the terms for the tickets were," he said according to the Burlington County Times. "It was a variation of 'will work for food.' It doesn't mean she was a prostitute.'"
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