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.......... F Babydol's Sugar Daddy? Why the Wanna-Be Pop Star and convicted Madam May Become BHPD's Public Enemy #1. By Scott Huver She always wanted to be famous, and she got her wish I although probably not in the way she'd hoped. By now you've probably heard of the pretty, pert, platinum blonde named Jody Gibson, even if that particular name doesn't ring a familiar bell. Right about now, though, some within the Beverly Hills Police Department probably wish they'd never heard of her, thanks to a brief but potentially incendiary manuscript she reportedly penned. You may know Gibson, 41 (31 if you ask her), better by the sex- kittenish pseudonym "Babydol," the pop singer persona she adopt- ed back in the early '90s, when one-name artists were still trendy, as she struggled to break into the music industry with stunts like a massive Sunset Strip billboard proclaiming her arrival--the miss- ing 'T' is because someone beat her to the vanity plate "Babydoil," forcing her to employ creative spelling. Anyone remember her song "Good Girls Go to Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere?" Probably not. Or, depending on exactly which film and video Industry you're in, you might know her as a kinda-sort-of manager/agent who claims to have placed well-endowed model/actresses from popular men's magazines in the sort of low-budget erotic thriller that shows rou- tinely on late-night Cinemax--as well as the occasional XXX pomo flick. THE BABYDOL PERSONA If you feverishly followed the Heidi Fleiss imbroglio of the early 90s. you may know her as the shadowy and mysterious "Sasha in the Valley," a rival pro- curer for the rich and famous that the Hollywood Madam trashed publicly at every opportunity. And shame on you if you know her as another "Sasha," the operator of an elite, hard-to-access Internet web site called California Dreamin', which was self-billed as a bi-costal modeling agency---although no business address was provided and the availability of the seductive models featured on the site was phrased in a titilatingly vague manner. But it's probably most likely that you know Gibson because her expertly made-up face, well-toned body and coy Babydol moniker have been splashed across local headlines and airwaves for several months, following her arrest at the Century Plaza Hotel last June by the Los Angeles Police Department on pimping charges for reportedly using her online venture to provide beautiful high-class prostitutes--some of whom worked professionally on television, were multilingual and charged up to $3,000 per "date"--to over 100 wealthy, powerful and occasionally famous clients from around the world including prominent Hollywood actors and producers, a well-known pro athlete, success- ful doctors and lawyers, a Fortune 500 CEO and even key contributors to the political campaign of Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti. Gibson was found guilty by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury of three counts of felony pimping earlier this month, although jurists deadlocked over four counts of pandering. THE STORY SHE WROTE But you probably don't know about Babydol the Aspiring Author, the identity that's likely caused the most consternation at Beverly Hills police headquarters. That's because a controversial handwritten manuscript report- edly crafted by Gibson----one LAPD investigators seized from her home and prosecutors subsequently introduced into evidence during her trial--alleges that Babydol had a lengthy affair with a Beverly Hills police detective with whom she reportedly trysted with at police headquarters and who allegedly shielded her from prosecution on occasion----a BHPD detective who sup- posedly became Babydol's Sugar Daddy. The seven-page manuscript is a proposal for a tell-all book in which it appears Gibson planned to detail her career as a provider of upscale escort services. Six brief autobiographical sections contain several provocative revelations, including an anecdote claiming that in 1990 Gibson rejected Fleiss as a potential employee because she wasn't attractive enough ("She wasn't very pretty. I passed. She always hated me for that"). But by far the most damning passage contains Gibson's promise of a full chapter detailing her "affair with the arresting detective with the Beverly Hills Police Department" from whom she "received immunity." The manuscript claims she first encountered the detective when he began a vice investigation of her business, which she says she "fell into" as a way to support herself while focusing her energies on her recording career. The resultant relationship went on for several years, with Gibson alleging that the couple "fell in love" and struggled to keep the affair secret--something that must have been difficult if Gibson's subsequent claims of having fre- 10 Beverly Hills Weekly i i!i