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Fan denies sex-for-tickets gambit

Susan Finkelstein
Susan Finkelstein was eventually given a pair of tickets for the game

A US woman charged with offering sex for baseball World Series tickets has denied she did anything wrong.

"I'm not embarrassed about my actions. I'm embarrassed about how I was arrested," Susan Finkelstein, from Philadelphia, told AP news agency.

The 43-year-old was speaking a day after meeting an undercover policeman responding to her ad on Craigslist.

In the ad, the Philadelphia Phillies team fan said: "I'm the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!"

She also described herself as a "gorgeous, tall, buxom blonde diehard Phillies fan".

'Nice lady'

Mrs Finkelstein said she had wanted to get tickets to take her husband to Wednesday night's opening game of the World Series - in which the Phillies beat the New York Yankees 6-1.

Her lawyer said his client never explicitly offered sex, adding that she was merely "a nice lady overcome with Phillies fever".

She was arrested on Tuesday at a Philadelphia bar after discussing her ad with the undercover policeman.

Mrs Finkelstein faces a preliminary hearing on 3 December.

But her lawyer expressed hope the misdemeanour charge of soliciting prostitution would be dismissed.

Mrs Finkelstein was eventually given a pair of tickets for another game this weekend, through a radio station.

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