CARSON CITY, Nev. — Dennis Hof, the Nevada brothel owner and state Assembly candidate, is facing more travails as the November election gets closer. Now, he’s facing new allegations of sexual assault brought to the attention of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.
While the agency won’t provide any further details of an investigation, except that the allegations stem from a request by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Hof’s campaign released a statement tonight saying that any allegations are completely bogus and political in nature.
Tonight, Hof’s campaign said the following: “Mr. Hof has spoken with investigators and is cooperating fully. While he has his suspicions, at this time Mr. Hof does not know exactly what the allegations are, who made them or when the alleged incident supposedly took place. Nevertheless, he completely and totally denies that any such incident occurred and believes the allegations are groundless and politically motivated.”
It is not the first time Hof has been fingered for sexual misdeeds. And, each time he was, authorities vindicated him.
Years ago, allegations surfaced in Lyon County, Nev., but a probe was closed without any charges being filed. In another case, a brothel worker accused Hof of sexual assault, but the district attorney declined to bring charges.
In recent weeks Hof has been fighting with the Nye County Commission, which revoked his brothel license over late application fees; however, he won it back after filing a federal lawsuit claiming commissioners were biased against him and should have recused themselves from voting on his license because he has sued several of them.
The revelation of a new sexual assault probe comes at a precipitous time for Hof, who has denied the allegations and said they are fabricated political attacks.
In less than two months, Hof, the owner of six Nevada brothels, will face off against Democrat Lesia Romanov for the Republican-leaning Assembly District 36, which primarily covers Nye County, as well as portions of Lincoln County and a small part of Clark County.
Hof, running on the ticket’s tagline “Dennis Hof: The Trump of Pahrump,” recently told XBIZ that there is “no doubt” that he will win the district seat in November.
If Hof wins in the November race, he wouldn’t be the only brothel owner in an elected office in Nevada. Mustang Ranch owner Lance Gilman is a Storey County commissioner.