Unable To Get Job At Hedge Fund, Woman Turns To Whips And Chains

Nov 22 2006 | 2:48pm ET

It sounds like the plot from a David Lynch movie, but it’s actually testimony from a courthouse in tony Westchester County, N.Y., and instead of an aspiring-actress-turned-prostitute on Mulholland Drive, it’s the story of an aspiring-hedge-fund-honcho-turned-dominatrix in Greenburgh. Hollywood isn’t the only place that wannabes resort to desperate measures when their dreams fail to materialize.

Testifying in the misconduct trial of Greenburgh Police Officer Erik Ward, Gina Pane says she agreed to satisfy Ward’s coprophilia (look it up if you want to know what it means) in exchange for his help in getting a marijuana possession charge dropped. The Journal News of White Plains reports that Ward claims he was simply trying to recruit Pane as an informant to catch drug dealers, and did not engage in any inappropriate sexual behavior in the rendezvous with Pane in a wooded area in hedge fund country, nearby Greenwich, Conn. The pair were caught on videotape in a parking lot prior to their trip to the woods.

Pane, who testified that she has a degree in economics from Manhattanville College, told the jury, “I 100% believed that if I did not do this, he would not help me with my case.”

Following her arrest on the drug charges and her filing a complaint against Ward in January, Pane said she quit the kinky dominatrix business, as the publicity and notoriety was hurting her chances of getting her dream job in the hedge fund industry. She currently works as a receptionist for a financial firm.

If Ward is convicted, he could be fired.

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