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May 18, 2011 5:12 PM by Gene Cotton

Police escorts given to celebs in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia police records show Bill Gates, Jay-Z and other celebrities have received official escorts similar to the one officers gave actor Charlie Sheen last month.

Records obtained by The Associated Press reveal other celebrities received escorts within the last year, as did college and professional athletes such as Washington Wizards basketball star John Wall. The records show the escorts are routinely reimbursed.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the AP Wednesday the escorts are under investigation but there may be a legitimate reason for each one. She says police protocol allows escorts when there's a public safety threat or when there's a crowd control concern.

Sheen received an escort from Dulles International Airport to Washington's DAR Constitution Hall. At the time, Lanier said escorts weren't intended for celebrities.

 

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