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Report: Military Official Visited “Hooker Hill,” Used Government Credit Card At Strip Club

Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis denies some charges, but admits using government credit card at strip club after his was denied…

Ash Carter Pentagon Scandal

A senior military aide to Defense Secretary Ash Carter was found to have “used his government credit card at strip clubs or gentlemen’s clubs in Rome and Seoul, drank in excess and had ‘improper interactions’ with women,” per a Pentagon investigation and reported by the Associated Press.

Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis, who was fired nearly a year ago, “improperly used his credit card, lied to a bank to get charges removed and, more broadly, said he was guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer,” sources said.

For his part, Lewis denied the charges, calling them inaccurate, built on innuendo and ultimately untrue.

In the rebuttal, which was obtained by the AP, Lewis denies that the bar in Rome was a strip club and also denies he went to a strip or gentleman’s club in Seoul, South Korea, in an area of the city the IG report calls “Hooker Hill.”

Lewis does take responsibility for charging nearly $1,800 on his government credit card at a “dance club” in Rome. The Pentagon’s investigation called the establishment a strip club.

In an embarrassing set of circumstances, Lewis relates that he tried to use his personal debit card at the club, but it didn’t work, so he had to walk back to his hotel with a female employee of the club, and wake up a Defense Department staff member to get his government card to pay the bill. He said he paid back the charges when he returned to the U.S.

The report, issued Thursday, “will now go to Army leaders who will determine what, if any, punishment is required and at what rank Lewis would be able to retire,” according to the AP.