SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - A Dominican woman who previously stated in a video that she was paid to have sex with Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey now says the allegations were false, according to a sworn statement released by a lawyer on Monday.
The notarized affidavit was distributed by a prominent Dominican lawyer and friend of Menendez, Vinicio Castillo, who said it had been handed over to prosecutors. Castillo is not acting as the lawyer to the woman.
In her sworn statement, Nexis de los Santos Santana denied ever meeting Menendez and said she never agreed to be filmed.
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is addressing allegations that he hired a prostitute on a trip to the Dominican Republic, saying they are "totally unsubstantiated." The campaign donor with whom he traveled is currently under federal investigation. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports.
Menendez, a Cuban-American Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, won re-election to a second term last year. He has repeatedly denied the sex claims, calling them "politically motivated" smears.
Asked on Monday night about the affidavit, a spokeswoman for the senator declined to comment. The affidavit was first reported by the Washington Post.
The original videotaped interview with the woman features her saying that Menendez paid her for sex and that she was cheated out of the full amount he had agreed to pay.
But according to the affidavit released on Monday, the woman now says she was paid to read from a prepared text and was videotaped without her consent.