Suzy Favor-Hamilton, a former U.S. Olympic runner, has been working as an escort in Las Vegas for the past year.
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Favor-Hamilton, 44 -- who represented the U.S. in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 games and has a seven-year-old daughter -- charged $600-an hour at a top escort service while still working with the family-friendly entertainment company Disney.
"Discretion is EXTREMELY important to me, hence you will only see blurred photos of my face on this site. I know this is not ideal, but I hope you understand that it is essential for me,” she said on her web profile, which has since been deleted. Her acting name was “Kelly Lundy.” On her profile, she never showed her face in photographs in a further effort to hide her identity.
After her identity was discovered, she said on Twitter:
“I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them. I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing.
"I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life.
"It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life.
"I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression."
"I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me.
"I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.”