June 26 2017, updated 12:19pm

Brothel sues banker over bill

Last updated 00:00 01/01/2009

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An exclusive Wellington brothel is taking a businessman to court, accusing him of not paying for its services.

District Court documents obtained by The Dominion Post reveal that Bon Ton Ltd has sued the man, a high-flier in the banking industry.

The brothel - which markets itself as "a boutique agency for a select clientele" - alleges the man refused to pay after hiring an escort "for sexual services" for an hour and a half.

Bon Ton is claiming $800 - $300 for the first hour, $200 for the next half-hour, and an extra $300 because the escort was "delayed from returning to her work due to the [man's] conduct", which cost her another appointment.

Bon Ton, French for "good taste", says on its website that it aims "to provide a tasteful and discreet haven for gentlemen to enjoy the attentions of elegant, beautifully groomed, intelligent women". It reveals its address only when a booking is made.

Bon Ton is being represented by Wellington lawyer Kevin Smith.

Prostitution was made legal in New Zealand in 2003, when supporters of a parliamentary bill to reform the industry beat opponents by one vote.

The businessman did not return calls.


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- The Dominion Post

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