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Friday, Mar 07 2014 03:43 PM

Reports: Man posed as talent scout to lure, assault women

BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

She couldn't believe her luck. The Norco, Calif., woman had responded to an advertisement on modelmayhem.com and received an email the same day telling her she'd been selected to audition for "Chrome," a film that would reportedly star Sharon Stone.

Told to meet at a hotel in Bakersfield, she brought along the items the email said would be required for the audition: G-string underwear (classy "Playboy" style), and a form-fitting club minidress. Her boyfriend also made the trip with her.

They arrived at the hotel and met a man who identified himself as Warner Bros. talent scout "Marco Williams." The scout told the boyfriend he needed to wait outside during the audition.

What happened next, according to court filings, is similar to what happened to other victims of the self-proclaimed talent scout, whose real name is Anthony Jefferson III. He's charged with 13 crimes, including sexual battery, false imprisonment and indecent exposure.

Redacted police reports filed in court say Jefferson, 46, told the woman to remove her top and only wear the G-string as they practiced a massage scene from the film. Jefferson set up a video camera, took his clothing off and laid on the hotel bed with a towel covering his face as the woman massaged his chest, arms and shoulders.

The reports say he eventually moved her hand to his crotch. Then he touched her inappropriately. She slapped his hand away.

"You should just finish me off," the reports say Jefferson told the woman. "I'll pay you extra if you finish me off."

He forced her to finish a sex act, according to the reports. Then he left the hotel, and the last the woman saw of Jefferson -- despite promises she'd be contacted soon regarding the film -- was him driving away.

The woman was one of five victims who identified Jefferson as the man who scammed them with offers of working in film and modeling, the reports say. The reports indicate it's likely there are others he tried contacting or met outside of Kern County.

He used a similar method with each victim: make contact through social media and lure them to Bakersfield hotels with offers of auditions for movies or modeling gigs. The reports say Jefferson fraudulently used the logos of movie studios and names of people in the industry to help convince the women to meet with him.

Once they were alone, he would ask them to undress, the reports say. He usually asked for a massage. At some point he usually began masturbating.

The reports say the incidents occurred from January through September 2012. Jefferson was arrested in February of last year in Las Vegas. He was transferred to Kern County, and his next court hearing is scheduled for March 25.

During their investigation, Bakersfield police met with security personnel from Warner Bros., CBS Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment. All said Jefferson was not an employee and they had no connection with him.

The Warner Bros. official said the studio was "well aware" of Jefferson after hearing from some of his victims, the reports say.

In addition to starring in "Chrome," Jefferson told potential victims the following stories: they could get paid as "arm candy" at a BET event; appear in the film "Players Club 2"; or have a small role as "fantasy girl" in the CBS film "Last Vegas," which was released last year and starred Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman.

The reports say Jefferson told one woman the role of "fantasy girl" involved giving a massage to Douglas. The Oscar-winning actor, of course, was not in the hotel room where the woman met Jefferson.

Jefferson took his shirt off and told the victim she'd be practicing on him. He indicated such scenarios were not unusual in his alleged line of work.

"These are the perks of the job," the reports say he told one victim.

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