NJ senator calls prostitution allegations 'smears'

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WASHINGTON (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez says allegations that he engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic are false "smears." He says he has done nothing wrong.

Menendez met with reporters Monday evening for the first time since the allegations spread after the FBI last week raided the offices of a Florida ophthalmologist who also was the senator's biggest political donor in his re-election campaign last year.

Menendez acknowledged that he flew on the doctor's private plane to the Dominican Republic. But he denied meeting with prostitutes and blamed that allegation on political enemies.

The allegations first appeared on a conservative website just before last November's election but did not make their way to major media outlets until last week.

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