The plot thickens. The Rocky Mountain News reports:
Embattled minister Ted Haggard this morning admitted receiving a massage from the Denver man who claims to have exchanged sex for money with the Colorado Springs church leader for three years.
And a local news station reports:
Haggard says he bought the meth from a gay escort, 49-year-old Michael Jones, after contacting him for a massage.
Haggard says he never used the meth and instead threw it away.
However, Haggard could not remember where he threw the meth away.
According to Haggard, he met with Jones in a Denver hotel room.
Haggard admitted it was his voice on the voice mail messages left on Jones’ phone.
The News has more details on the meth:
This morning, Haggard said he had never had sex with Jones but said he did buy methamphetamine out of curiosity.
Haggard said he never consumed it but threw it away.
“I was tempted. I bought it but I never used it,” Haggard said.
This is clearly a baldfaced lie. The text of the voicemails he admits were from him show him buying another load of meth, not the first one “out of curiosity.” That voicemail said:
“Hi Mike, this is Art. Hey, I was just calling to see if we could get any more. Either $100 or $200 supply. And I could pick it up really anytime I could get it tomorrow or we could wait till next week sometime and so I also wanted to get your address.”
This isn’t a guy acting out of curiosity, this is a guy calling his established dealer for a reload of his supply. And this claim of only getting a massage is almost certainly a lie too. If you want a massage, you call a legitimate massage therapist. You don’t answer an ad like this:
MASSAGE BY MIKE
Voted best massage and personal trainer for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 by readers of the community newspaper Out Front Colorado. Former state bodybuilding and powerlifting champion.
I offer a deep tissue and swedish style massage with the pleasure of the man in mind. If you like a strong muscle man to bring pleasure to you then please call me. I am a muscle stud with a friendly personality and a caring heart. When the Broadway shows play in town the cast and crew call upon me for massage.
I am 5″8 and weigh 190 lbs.
My arms are 18 inches.
My chest is 47 inches.
My waist is 32 inches.
My thighs are 24 inches.
I have brown hair and blue eyes.
My rates are as follows:
In calls at my place in Capitol Hill of Denver: $70.00 per hour $90.00 1 1/2 hrs.
Out calls start at $100.00.
And meet them in a hotel room. It is now completely obvious that Haggard is lying through his teeth and that the allegations are absolutely true.