Denver authorities have begun outlining their case against a ruthless pimp for running a sophisticated hooker ring through the city's best-known strip clubs.
Germaine "Jell-O" Wallace was living in a $1.3 million pad near Castle Rock, Colo., with a driveway full of custom cars and collection of exotic pets when he was busted on pimping, sexual assault and weapons charges in November, police said in recently filed court papers.
Authorities said Wallace sent a crew of loyal hookers into the area's swankiest jiggle joints to turn tricks -- and strong-arm other strippers to do the same.
Busting an operation as big as his was unusual because police have a hard time getting hookers to talk.
"In their mind, it's in their best interest to take the hit and not affect the business," vice unit Lt. Aaron Sanchez told the Denver Post.
At the rented 35-acre estate, Wallace and his crew rode dirt bikes and four-wheelers, popped ecstasy and tended to a collection of wild animals, the newspaper reported.
Court records showed he kept a serval, an African wild cat resembling a small cheetah, and a kinkajou, a small ferret-like mammal native to rainforests in Central and South America.
After the arrest, cops impounded half of the cars, including a Pontiac Fiero tricked out to look like a Lamborghini.
One blue minivan featured a cartoon of Bugs Bunny grabbing 'toon sexpot Jessica Rabbit with the words "choose up" - street slang that tells hookers TO join up with richer pimps.
One 20-year-old stripper told police she was recruited into Jell-O's world by a dancer at the swank Centerfold Showclub.
The woman said Wallace raped her and forced her and other dancers to recruit Johns for sex in the clubs' champagne rooms.
"We work literally every night unless someone is sick," the woman told police.
She said she brought in about $800 a night and was forced to text Wallace with earnings updates every hour.
Cops said Jell-O gave his girls tips for avoiding undercover cops, knew the private spots of each club and occasionally drove the hookers and their johns to dates outside the clubs.
The clubs have denied knowing anything about the ring.
Four of Jell-O's top recruiters, Kara Laughead, 24, Allison Kelly, 25, Teresa Weeks, 22, and Amber Wilson, 24, face prostitution and pimping charges.
Wallace's high-profile lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said his client is innocent
We gonna give this ni**a the cup! He was doing his thing!