At least three of 11 Secret Service employees being investigated as part of a prostitution scandal in Colombia are leaving the agency, it announced Wednesday.
One supervisory agent was allowed to retire, another was proposed for dismissal and a third agent resigned, the agency said yesterday. The remaining eight are still on administrative leave.
Earlier in the day, a high-priced escort in the center of the controversy said the incident only came to light after an agent tried to give her $30 instead of the $800 they agreed on the night before.
In an interview with The New York Times, the unidentified escort said she and a girlfriend were approached by a group of men at a club. She said the men, who downed two bottles of vodka, never spoke about why they were in the country.
"They never told me they were with Obama," she told the Times. “They were very discreet.”
The 24-year-old woman said the agent refused to pay the full amount the next morning and threw her out of his hotel room when she argued with him.
She returned with another woman and two Colombian police officers, who tried to help her collect the money, she said, and only left when other American men gave her approximately $225 in dollars and local currency.
The woman said she was planning to leave the city, and didn’t want to speak with U.S. investigators.
“This is something really big,” she said. “This is the government of the United States. I have nervous attacks. I cry all the time."