How do you say busted in Australian?
A politician from the Land Down Under found himself the victim of a New York-style scam — after ordering up a “special massage” at a midtown hotel Tuesday evening, sources said.
Gareth Ward, a 37-year-old member of Parliament representing Kiama, Australia, was staying at the Intercontinental Hotel on 44th St. near Broadway when he decided to request a “special massage,” sources said.
He got a number from an acquaintance and placed a call for the service.
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A little while later, there was a knock at his door. When he opened it, there were two young men standing there, sources said.
Uneasy about this development, he politely declined their services.
At that point, one of the men pulled out his cellphone and started videotaping.
“My friend is 16,” the visitor said.
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“If you don’t pay us $ 1,000, we’re going to tell everyone we’re minors.”
Ward told them he would go to an ATM and get cash. They followed.
Instead, Ward went to the front desk and told a clerk what was happening. The clerk called 911.
The would-be blackmailers took off down W. 44th St.
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Cops are looking for them, sources said.
In the aftermath, Ward told investigators he was worried that a scandal might hurt his chances for re-election, sources said.
Ward apparently checked out of the hotel early Wednesday.
Ward, who is legally blind, represents the township of Kiama, on the South Pacific coast in the state of New South Wales, about two hours south of Sydney.
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He once carried the Olympic Torch before the Sydney Olympics, and got into a bizarre spat in 2016 with a Kiama Councilman over a bill. Councilman Neil Reilly called him an “arrogant turd.” Ward retorted that the message “falls far short of the standards residents would expect from elected representatives.”
It was not immediately clear why he was in New York.
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