Texts from 2018 and 2019 show that Hunter spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes in cities around the country.
On one tape recording, Hunter admitted he frequented strip clubs and found the strippers for hire to be intelligent and business-savvy.
At one point, Hunter suggested prostitutes form a labor union to better protect themselves, according to a March 2, 2019 conversation he had with an employee at Los Angeles’s Chateau Marmont.
“You organize without even organizing in any traditional way,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner. “If you want to advertise legally you go through the unions [of which] you’re a member. Your dues are the fees that you pay for advertising. Whomever does this first will be running the largest union in the country.”
Hunter claimed this union would be different than a pimp because the union would require contracts proving interactions are consensual.
Pimps who want to interact with the prostitutes would be rated “like you rate nonprofits,” he explained.
He also defended sex work as a legitimate career and claimed it was just “like any other job.”
“There are parts of it that really suck,” he said, according to the tape recording. “They’re tiring. There are clients that are complete pains in the ass. There’s management that can be really horrible. There’s really bad situations, of course. It’s like any other job. But they dance because they love it.”
The texts and tape recording were found on a laptop that allegedly belonged to Hunter.
The laptop was abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop, though Hunter claims to have no memory of dropping off the laptop.
“The serious answer is that I truly do not know the answer to that,” he said when asked if the laptop was his. “Not that I remember, no. But whether or not somebody has my laptop, whether or not I was hacked, whether or not there exists a laptop at all, I truly don’t know.”