Nick Clark's involvement in mayor's sex scandal still in question

MLGW board member Nick Clark refused to speak out today about claims that Gwendolyn Smith and attorney Richard Fields met with an FBI agent at his home.

The MLGW Commissioner and real estate investor said he could not talk because he did not want to interfere with the investigation.

"I think it's best to allow the special prosecutor to address what information should be released and I look forward to his visit to Memphis," Clark said.

His name came up after Smith included him in her complaint to the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office last Wednesday.

Smith claimed that Clark, the FBI, her attorney Richard Fields, and car dealer Russell Gwatney conspired to pay her to lure Mayor Herenton into a sex videotape to blackmail him out of office.

Smith says she met with her attorney and an FBI agent at the home of Clark and that Gwatney was supposed to help buy her a car.

Yesterday, Special Prosecutor Joe Baugh took over the case.

Clark has also been on the Crime Commission Board for the last three years and has been known to speak out against local strip club practices. Smith was a cocktail waitress at Platinum Plus. In FBI testimony, Smith said club owner Ralph Lunati used to send girls to the mayor's home.

The complaint also claims Clark was funding the sex tape conspiracy.

Clark recently confirmed to Action News 5 he gave her money, but said it was only to find out names of strippers.

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