LAS VEGAS (AP) – The former six-term sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix was among the attendees at a birthday bash for an infamous legal pimp who was found dead Tuesday.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he was astounded Tuesday by news of brothel owner Dennis Hof’s death and called it “shocking.” The former sheriff said Hof was in good spirits when Arpaio left the party at a hotel in Pahrump, about an hour from Las Vegas, around 10 p.m. Monday.
Arpaio said he had taken part in some of Hof’s efforts to campaign for the Nevada state Assembly and was asked by Hof to speak at the party.
The lawman said he delivered his comments to the crowd, wished Hof well and ate birthday cake.
Hof, who starred in an HBO series about his business, fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style candidate and called himself the “Trump of Pahrump.”