“Alex Trebek is not a john.”
The lawyer for the self-proclaimed veteran hooker who is accused of burglarizing the “Jeopardy!” host’s San Francisco hotel room has made it clear Trebek was not a client.
Defense attorney Mark Jacobs said gossip website TMZ has been hounding him about whether the 71-year-old quiz king had ordered a call girl the night he was robbed July 26.
Jacobs insists Trebek was “just an innocent guy sleeping in his room with his wife at three in the morning.”
His client Lucinda Moyers, 56, is accused of breaking into Trebek’s room at the Marriott Marquis and stealing $650 in cash, a sentimental bracelet and other items. Trebek said he tore his Achilles tendon while chasing after Moyers, whom he confronted in the hallway.
Click the picture at right to see Moyers' mugshot.
She fled Trebek but was detained by hotel security in the lobby.
Police say Trebek positively identified Moyers as the burglar. Moyers claims she was never in his hotel room. At the time of the burglary, she was trying to meet a john down the hall from Trebek’s room, Jacobs said. Her date never answered his door.
“I guess either he [the unidentified john] might have been too drunk ... or might have given her the wrong room number,” Jacobs said.
Moyers is being charged with one count of felony first degree burglary and faces 25 years to life if convicted under California’s three-strikes law. She’s been convicted of burglarizing San Francisco hotels three times in her life – in 1990, 1991 and 1997.
Jacobs said Moyers’ only crime was working as a prostitute, which is a misdemeanor crime. Only felonies count as strikes.
The attorney said his client has had “dozens” of run-ins with cops and also convictions related to the sex trade.
Moyers didn’t know who Trebek was when he confronted her near the elevator and accused her of robbing him, Jacobs said. She ran because she didn’t want security to know her true purpose in the hotel that night, the attorney said.
Jacobs also claims there was no way Trebek could have seen the burglar inside his room, given that the thief had left before the quiz king realized he’d been robbed. He also said Moyers had none of Trebek’s loot when she was arrested.
During a court hearing Monday, prosecutors amended their complaint against Moyers to include her 1997 burglary conviction. Apparently prosecutors had not heard of that conviction until after Moyers told a reporter about it during a jailhouse interview.
She will next appear in court on Aug. 25 with a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 14.
She remains in custody on $650,000 bail.