Tammy Chapman, the former Penthouse Pet photographed earlier this year with Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder at a south-city bar known for its "pantsless parties," says she never had an affair with the politician -- but it wasn't for lack of trying on his part.
In fact, Chapman tells Daily RFT, Kinder was obsessed with her nearly sixteen years ago, when she was a young stripper on the East Side and he was an up-and-coming Republican state senator -- to the point that she cut off all contact. Still, when he saw her at Verlin's Bar and Grill last winter, after they hadn't seen each other in years, she says that Kinder -- who is now widely believed to be mounting a challenge to incumbent Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat -- suggested she move into his Brentwood condo.
The condo's $1,555 monthly rent is paid for by Kinder's campaign committee, records show.
Kinder's spokesman, Jay Eastlick, referred all questions to his campaign committee. The spokesman for the committee, Jared Craighead, did not return two calls seeking comment. (We'll update this post if we hear back.)
Chapman was Penthouse's "pet of the month" in August 1992. In an exclusive interview, she tells Daily RFT that she met Kinder, then a 40-year-old state senator, around 1994, while she was working as an "entertainer" at the Diamond Cabaret in Sauget, Illinois. (The club has since changed its name.) She introduced herself to Kinder by giving him a hug and sitting on his lap; he gave her a business card showing he was a state senator.
"I'm not a political person, so big whoop," Chapman says.
But if she was unimpressed with the politician, he seemed very impressed with her. The never-married Kinder started coming to the club every Monday, and then every Monday and every Wednesday. He showered Chapman with attention, bringing her cookies and brownies and writing her at least a half-dozen letters. And, she says, he continually pestered her to attend functions with him in his hometown of Cape Girardeau. She declined.
But even though she estimates Kinder was spending an estimated $200 per visit, Chapman eventually cut off contact. "He became very aggressive with me," she says. "I couldn't tolerate what he was making me do."
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