'King of all pimps' sentenced to 5 years

May 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) -- Self-proclaimed "king of all pimps" Jason Itzler was sentenced to five years in prison in New York, but not before predicting the legalization of prostitution.

Convicted on charges of money laundering, drug sales and promoting prostitution, Itzler delivered a rambling speech in Manhattan Supreme Court Monday during his sentencing hearing, saying: "The time is coming when this business is decriminalized and taken out of the shadows. Tax it, regulate it, run it like they do in Amsterdam and other enlightened, civilized countries."

Itzler was arrested in September in a sting operation while his business, Rockstar Models & Partygirls, was preparing a party, involving prostitutes and drugs for a man he believed to be country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

He ended his courtroom statement Monday with a "shout-out to Billy Ray Cyrus."

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