PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia woman charged with offering
sex for World Series tickets says she's embarrassed about her
arrest, but did nothing wrong and is still hopeful of attending a
"I didn't do anything wrong, so I'm not embarrassed about my
actions. I'm embarrassed about how I was arrested," Susan
Finkelstein told The Associated Press in a phone interview
Wednesday, a day after meeting at a suburban bar with an undercover
police officer responding to an ad on Craigslist.
Finkelstein's lawyer said his client is merely "a nice lady
overcome with Phillies fever."
She might have dropped double entendres in her Craigslist ad but
never explicitly offered sex, her lawyer William J. Brennan said.
The 43-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate student
wanted to take her husband to a game between her beloved
Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. The self-described
"buxom blonde" said she was simply trying to score tickets
online, as she had in the past.
Over a few beers at a suburban bar, she told a police officer
she needed two tickets, one for herself and one for her husband. No
price had been discussed, and Finkelstein and her lawyer stopped
short of recounting specifics of what was said before several
officers sitting at a nearby table came to arrest her.
Brennan hopes to get the misdemeanor charge of promoting
"If somebody read into that posting a sexual connotation,
that's on them. There's no overt sexual reference," Brennan said.
Finkelstein told WPVI-TV she was looking to get a deal on
"I was hoping to get cheap tickets," she said, "maybe meet
someone, and talk, and bat my eyelashes and maybe get some
Finkelstein faces a preliminary hearing in Bucks County on Dec.
3. On the bright side, she's been offered a pair of tickets to a
weekend game in Philadelphia, courtesy of a radio station and car
"It definitely wasn't worth all this ... turmoil and anxiety,"
she told the AP with her lawyer and husband, 56-year-old John
LaVoy, on the line. "Hopefully, the silver lining is I do get to
see the game."
She is not worried about the notoriety that might follow her to
the stadium in the wake of national news coverage of her arrest.
"I think most people will be focused on the game," Finkelstein