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UPDATE: Craig Calls Idaho Paper 'Classless' after New X-Rated Story

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UPDATE: Craig Calls Idaho Paper 'Classless' after New X-Rated Story

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The Idaho Statesman of Boise, which had deeply probed Sen. Larry Craig's sexual activities but did not get the scoop on his airport men's room arrest earlier this year, has published today a massive further account based on new sources. Now Craig had denied it all in an email to the Associated Press.

The Statesman article carries the byline of chief political reporter Dan Popkey and includes audio posted online with this warning: "Audio clip disclaimer -- Some of the audio interview excerpts contain explicit descriptions of sex not appropriate for children and listeners who find such content offensive. The Statesman provides the excerpts so Idahoans can hear these accounts and decide for themselves about accusations against Sen. Craig."

The article by Popkey opens: "Four gay men, willing to put their names in print and whose allegations can't be disproved, have come forward since news of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's guilty plea. They say they had sex with Craig or that he made a sexual advance or that he paid them unusual attention.

"They are telling their stories now because they are offended by Craig's denials, including his famous statement, 'I am not gay, I never have been gay.' Those words, spoken on live national TV on Aug. 28, are now memorialized on a just-released-for-Christmas Talking Senator Larry Craig Action Figure.

"David Phillips is a 42-year-old information technology consultant in Washington, D.C., who says Craig picked him up at a gay club in 1986 and that they subsequently had sex.

"Mike Jones is a former prostitute who told the world he had sex with the Rev. Ted Haggard last year. The former Colorado Springs evangelist at first denied it but eventually confessed. Jones says Craig paid him for sex in late 2004 or early 2005.

"Greg Ruth was a 24-year-old college Republican in 1981 when he says he was hit on by Craig at a Republican meeting in Coeur d'Alene. Tom Russell, now 48, is a former Nampa resident who lives in Utah. Russell said his encounter with Craig occurred at Bogus Basin in the early 1980s.

"A fifth gay man, who is from Boise but who declined to be named for fear of retaliation, offered a recent and telling account: He was in a men's restroom at Denver International Airport in September 2006 when the man in the next stall moved his hand slowly, palm up, under the divider. Alarmed, the man said he waited outside the restroom and then identified the man in the adjoining stall as Craig, whom he had met in Idaho. …

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