NBA legend Lamar Odom was found unconscious on the floor of a Nevada brothel on October 13 by two prostitutes. According to the owner of the Love Ranch, Dennis Hof, told CNN that the two girls who made the shocking discovery were Ryder Cherry and Monica Monroe.
The local sheriff’s office released 911 calls (listen to them here) from the Love Ranch employees. In the calls, the employees say that Odom used cocaine on Saturday, and had taken 10 tabs of sexual performance enhancing drugs over the three-day period. The calls were made by an office manager, Mitzi John, and another officer worker, Richard Hunter.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Monica Monroe Says She Only Has Sex With Wealthy & Powerful Men
On her Twitter page, Monica Monroe refers to herself as a “Legal Courtesan at Dennis Hof’s moonlite bunny ranch.” According to Merriam-Webster, a courtesan is “a woman who has sex with rich or important men in exchange for money : a prostitute who has sex with wealthy and powerful men.”
2. Ryder Cherry Has Been the Most Popular Prostitute at the Love Ranch for September & October
In the month of October, Ryder Cherry, says that in the months of September and October, she was the number one prostitute at Dennis Hof’s ranch, calling her “booker of the month.” Cherry adds that she’s “very lucky” and “blessed,” concluding with “a new month to work harder i can’t wait!” She has a profile at the Love Ranch’s website which reads in part “I’m the one you will want to party with! I am a cute, loveable, bubbly and super-warm girl who just loves…..sex! And I really enjoy meeting new people! Guys are great! Women are wonderful! And couples are cool! I love you all!” Monica Monroe’s profile doesn’t contain a bio, just photos.
3. Prostitutes in Nevada Are Regularly Tested for STDs
According to Prostitution in the Digital Age, around 66 times more money is spent on illegal prostitutes rather than in legal brothels. State law in Nevada decrees that registered prostitutes be tested, via cervical specimen, for various STDs including gonorrhea, HIV, and Chlamydia. A Las Vegas Review-Journal piece indicated that prostitutes are only allowed to spend nine days working at a brothel before taking a break.
4. Lamar Odom Had Been in Good Spirits Until the ‘Keeping With the Kardashians’ October 12 Episode Aired
On October 10, Odom called the Love Ranch’s owner, Dennis Hof, and asked could he hang out at the brothel, Hof told CNN. He added that Odom had been in a good mood but on October 11, the former NBA star was “a big somber,” because of people “calling and bothering him.” TMZ reports that those calls were related to an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians which aired on October 11. The episode featured Odom calling his ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian.
5. Lamar Odom Was Arrested for Solicitation As Far Back as 1997
Cherry and Monroe aren’t Lamar Odom’s first connection to the world of prostitution. Radar Online reported in August 2013 that back in 1997, when Odom first moved to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers, he was arrested for solicitation. A source told the website “When Lamar solicited her for sex, he was immediately arrested because the woman was actually an undercover cop, and was conducting a sting in the area. He used bad judgment, and was only goofing around with his friend. Lamar was 17 at the time, and was trying to show off for his friends.” The former Laker paid a small fine and was released.