Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Stories Differ On Auditor's Beating; Lawyer Questions Lap-Dance Claim

Stories Differ On Auditor's Beating; Lawyer Questions Lap-Dance Claim

By Adam Rankin and Jeremy Pawloski
Journal Northern Bureau


SANTA FE— Differing accounts have emerged about the activities of a Los Alamos National Laboratory whistle-blower before he was beaten outside a Santa Fe strip club early Sunday morning.

A dancer at the topless bar Cheeks said Tuesday afternoon that Tommy Hook had received a lap dance inside the club earlier the night of the beating.

But Bob Rothstein, attorney for the long-time LANL auditor, said a private investigator who talked to employees of Cheeks on Cerrillos Road was told that Hook didn't interact with any of the club's dancers.

There was no improper behavior, no tips for dancers or anything like that, Rothstein said.

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