Susan Finkelstein: Victim of circumstance, or the devil? Bensalem, Pa., cops said she flaunted her feminine wares to procure World Series tickets. Finkelstein says she was “just flirting,” with an undercover policeman, and had no plan to offer sex for tickets. Baseball fans are lining up for and against her (a SPORTSBYBROOKS poll ran overwhelmingly on the side of letting her go without charges).
Finkelstein is now speaking out, telling CBS NEWS that she was upset with what she felt was the arresting officers’ cavalier attitude. “They arrested me; put me in the back of the squad car. In my opinion they seemed amused by the whole thing,” she said today. Her lawyer, William Brennan, says that arresting officers “chained her to a table like a dog.”
More stuff, and photos following the jump.
Fun facts about Finkelstein: She’s a University of Pennsylvania graduate student, and was a straight-A student in high school. Her husband is a 56-year-old director at a higher education tutoring firm, who is “angry and bewildered.”
And she’s been hitting all the media outlets lately, appearing on the “Opie and Anthony” radio show, and Fox’s “Good Day New York” morning TV program, among others. On Wednesday, a disc jockey for Philadelphia radio station Wired 96.5 gave Finkelstein two tickets to Game 3 of the Series, which she will attend with her husband. She also has a court date of Dec. 3.
Of her arrest, Finkelstein says it was all a misunderstanding. Hmm.
“I was hoping maybe I could get a cheaper price flirting with him,” Finkelstein, 43, said on the “Opie and Anthony” show. “You know, batting my eyes. It’s not unheard of.
“It was him who brought the whole thing up anyway. It was just unbelievable that when we started talking about sexy stuff, I got arrested.”
Finkelstein said she met with what turned out to be an undercover cop at a local bar after posting an ad on CRAIGSLIST.
Bucks County Public Safety Director Fred Harran said an officer with the special investigations unit spotted the ad and set up a meeting with Finkelstein at a local bar.
The officer told her he and his brother had tickets to sell.
Finkelstein offered to perform sex acts on both of them, saying, “Well, I’d rather have two tickets, and I could take care of both of you.”
Her lawyer, William Brennan, says that, at the police station, arresting officers “chained her to a table like a dog.”
Finkelstein says that strangers have offered her tickets to Series games in New York and Philadelphia.
Asked if the four free tickets were worth it, the straight-A student who skipped school as a teenager to see the 1980 Phillies’ homecoming World Series parade said, “There’s no such thing as a free ticket.”