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September 23, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA
Insulated by two lawyers and a bodyguard, alleged madam to the stars and aspiring singer Jody Diane "Babydol" Gibson walked into Municipal Court on Wednesday to face her accusers for the first time. Wearing a perfectly coordinated salmon-and-black outfit, Gibson listened to an undercover police officer testify that she led the defendant to believe that she was a prostitute to get information about the suspected escort service. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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May 16, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jody "Babydol" Gibson, described by the judge as "tragic and pathetic," was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for operating a high-priced international prostitution ring that catered to celebrities, politicians and wealthy professionals. Gibson, 42, was immediately returned to Los Angeles County Jail, where she has been held since a Van Nuys Superior Court jury convicted her of three counts of felony pimping April 7.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
A woman accused of running an international call girl ring out of a Van Nuys hotel pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of pimping, pandering and conspiracy. Jody Diane Babydol Gibson made a brief appearance before Van Nuys Municipal Judge Leland Harris to deny the nine felony counts stemming from her alleged role in a business that catered to celebrities, business titans and at least one professional athlete. Harris ordered Gibson back to court July 14 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jody Babydol Gibson, described by the judge as "tragic and pathetic," was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for operating a high-priced international prostitution ring that catered to celebrities, politicians and wealthy professionals. Gibson, 42, was immediately returned to Los Angeles County Jail where she has been held since a Van Nuys Superior Court jury convicted her April 7 of three counts of felony pimping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1999 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven years ago, an unknown singer named Babydol announced her arrival in Hollywood with a giant billboard overlooking the Sunset Strip. Positioned directly below the legendary Marlboro Man, the 25-foot-tall ad was designed to spark sales of the sultry diva's debut single: a self-penned dance track called "Good Girls Go to Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere." It didn't work. The song bombed. The billboard vanished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jody "Babydol" Gibson, described by the judge as "tragic and pathetic," was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for operating a high-priced international prostitution ring that catered to celebrities, politicians and wealthy professionals. Gibson, 42, was immediately returned to Los Angeles County Jail, where she has been held since a Van Nuys Superior Court jury convicted her of three counts of felony pimping April 7.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2000 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleged madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson arrived in court Tuesday dressed in a lilac suit, her long blond hair pinned back like a schoolgirl's. The primly dressed Gibson, 41, is on trial in Van Nuys Superior Court, accused of pimping, pandering and procuring for prostitution. She allegedly ran an international call girl business, employing as many as 34 women who charged up to $3,000 per assignation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2000 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleged madam Jody Babydol Gibson arrived fashionably late to court Tuesday dressed in a lilac suit, her long blond hair pinned back like a schoolgirl--a stark contrast to her usual wavy-haired and provocatively dressed public persona. Gibson, 41, is on trial in Van Nuys Superior Court on charges of pimping, pandering and procuring for prostitution. She is accused of operating an international call-girl business that employed as many as 34 prostitutes who charged up to $3,000 for their services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1999 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jody "Babydol" Gibson faces as much as 23 years in prison if she is convicted of operating a prostitution ring for the rich and the famous. But in keeping with common practice for such prosecutions, not one of the powerful men who allegedly procured sex from the reputed Hollywood madam will be charged. The apparent double standard and other questions about police conduct are likely to be issues at Gibson's trial in Superior Court, set to begin Jan. 7.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1999
Despite a spirited defense, alleged high-priced madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson will have to face trial on charges of pimping and pandering, a judge ruled Wednesday. During the hearing, which stretched over a month, prosecutors relied chiefly on the testimony of two undercover officers, one of whom posed as a client and one as a prostitute, to show that Gibson was running an illegal escort service called California Dreamin'. Defense lawyer Gerald Scotti complained that Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a chapter in a tale of illicit sex, money, betrayal and intrigue, accused Hollywood madam Jody Babydol Gibson was found guilty Friday of three counts of felony pimping. But after seven days of deliberation, the jury deadlocked on four pandering counts. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Lloyd M. Nash declared a mistrial on those charges. Gibson, 41, faces a maximum sentence of eight years and eight months in prison, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Renewing allegations of police misconduct, the attorney for Jody Babydol Gibson on Wednesday denounced the LAPD's investigation of the alleged Hollywood madam as "disgraceful" and "full of cockroaches," and cited it as a reason that the jury should acquit her. In his closing argument, defense attorney Gerald V. Scotti also quoted passages from a manuscript written by Gibson, which Scotti described as "a work of fiction."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attorney for Jody "Babydol" Gibson on Wednesday denounced the police investigation of the alleged Hollywood madam as "disgraceful" and "full of cockroaches," urging the jury, in closing arguments, to acquit. Defense attorney Gerald V. Scotti also quoted passages from a manuscript allegedly by Gibson as "a work of fiction."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under a grant of immunity, a woman testified Tuesday that she worked for a year for Jody "Babydol" Gibson's alleged international prostitution ring, charging clients as much as $1,000. April White was the first prostitute to testify at the trial of the alleged Hollywood madam in Los Angeles County Superior Court. White said that she and the defendant first met at a Studio City restaurant in May 1998 and that Gibson immediately put her to work, sending her that evening to a client.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under a grant of immunity, a woman testified Tuesday that she worked for a year for Jody Babydol Gibson's alleged international prostitution ring, charging clients as much as $1,000. April White, listed as victim "April W." in the complaint against Gibson, was the first prostitute to take the stand in the trial of the alleged Hollywood madam. White said they first met at a Studio City restaurant in May 1998, and Gibson immediately put her to work, sending her that evening to a client.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In secretly recorded conversations, Jody "Babydol" Gibson outlined the inner workings of her escort service and boasted of the intelligent and sophisticated women working for her, including "television stars" and a former beauty queen, according to evidence at her pimping trial Monday. "I'm looking for girls who aren't the hard-core porno type," said LAPD Det. Raz Kertenian, who had posed as a customer calling the California Dreamin' escort service, on the tapes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Renewing allegations of police misconduct, the attorney for Jody Babydol Gibson on Wednesday denounced the LAPD's investigation of the alleged Hollywood madam as "disgraceful" and "full of cockroaches," and cited it as a reason that the jury should acquit her. In his closing argument, defense attorney Gerald V. Scotti also quoted passages from a manuscript written by Gibson, which Scotti described as "a work of fiction."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under a grant of immunity, a woman testified Tuesday that she worked for a year for Jody "Babydol" Gibson's alleged international prostitution ring, charging clients as much as $1,000. April White was the first prostitute to testify at the trial of the alleged Hollywood madam in Los Angeles County Superior Court. White said that she and the defendant first met at a Studio City restaurant in May 1998 and that Gibson immediately put her to work, sending her that evening to a client.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2000 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleged madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson arrived in court Tuesday dressed in a lilac suit, her long blond hair pinned back like a schoolgirl's. The primly dressed Gibson, 41, is on trial in Van Nuys Superior Court, accused of pimping, pandering and procuring for prostitution. She allegedly ran an international call girl business, employing as many as 34 women who charged up to $3,000 per assignation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2000 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleged madam Jody Babydol Gibson arrived fashionably late to court Tuesday dressed in a lilac suit, her long blond hair pinned back like a schoolgirl--a stark contrast to her usual wavy-haired and provocatively dressed public persona. Gibson, 41, is on trial in Van Nuys Superior Court on charges of pimping, pandering and procuring for prostitution. She is accused of operating an international call-girl business that employed as many as 34 prostitutes who charged up to $3,000 for their services.
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