Penthouse Pet Dishes on Peter Kinder: "He Was One of My Best Customers"
Records at the Missouri Ethics Commission show that Kinder's campaign began paying rent on a condo at the Villas at Brentwood on March 7 and spent $889 on furniture for the place a week later. (After the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed that he'd spent more than $52,000 in taxpayer money at luxury hotels in the St. Louis area, including the Four Seasons and the Chase Park Plaza, Kinder announced that his campaign would be leasing a condo in Richmond Heights for his frequent visits to the city. But the lease was clearly inked at least a month earlier than Kinder's announcement, his campaign finance reports show.)
The bartender didn't take the invitation as a platonic one. "He told me it was a big place, with a couple of bedrooms, and I could have my own -- unless I wanted to come snuggle up with him," Chapman says. "It was like going straight back to the past when he'd offer to have me come to events in Cape Girardeau all the time. I declined, declined and declined -- every offer he gave me. I only danced with him because he gave me money."
Now 39 years old, Chapman has maintained her lithe figure and dancer's posture. (In person she looks tiny despite her curves, and much younger than in the now-infamous photo circulating through the media.) As a young stripper, she'd chosen not to tell men the truth about her personal life, knowing that if they learned she was gay, it would interfere with her tips. But today she's out and proud of who she is.
So when Kinder made his proposition, she says, she didn't just turn him down -- she shot him down. "I said, 'Oh, honey, I don't think my girlfriend would like that!'" He was out of the bar in less than an hour; she hasn't heard from him since.
As for that famous photo, she's mystified as to how it got out. She took it, she says, and she e-mailed it to him before deleting it. Kinder, she says, is the only person she e-mailed it to; she has no idea how it wound up being sent to Riverfront Times.
Chapman says she's speaking out because she's disgusted by Kinder's behavior, both in the mid-'90s and today. "He uses his political business card to get women," she says.
She adds, "He is not fit for public office."