Trump Associate Arrested In Prostitution Ring Bust15:50 27.09.2010
Can we blame Donald Trump for the melange of attention-seekers, fools and beauty Queen-aspiring former ADAs who are attracted to him? Well, there’s a new name to be added to the Donald’s web of tackiness: a real estate mogul with ties to Trump has been arrested under suspicion of involvement with an international high-class prostitution ring. Yes, the man who pimps out desperate Wall Street guys on The Apprentice may be buddies with a real-life pimp. It’s called street cred.
Tevfik Arif, 57, is accused of setting up trysts between wealthy businessmen and Eastern European models, some of whom were underage, aboard a $60 million yacht which was once used by the Turkish leader Mustafa Ataturk. Businessmen reportedly paid $3,000 to $10,000 per night to bed Russian and Ukranian prostitutes aboard the 450-foot luxury yacht named the Savarona. Ten models, two of whom were underage, were detained by police, along with ten other men reportedly involved with the ring.
Arif founded the Bayrock Group, which co-developed the Trump SoHo and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Fort Lauderdale. Bayrock also developed the Trump International Hotel and Tower Phoenix, the Waterpointe, a residential development in Whitestone, Queens, and the Riverhead Resorts in Suffolk County, L.I. There are also photos online from the 2007 launch party for the Trump SoHo Hotel, showing Trump and Arif together, along with Trump’s children Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka. A spokesman for Trump said he hasn’t talked to Arif «in years.»