Alisha Smith, a lead prosecutor in the New York Attorney General’s Office who helped secure a $5 billion settlement from Bank of America over securities fraud allegations, was suspended yesterday after it came to light that she was moonlighting as a dominatrix. While we don’t entirely see how a leather fetish would affect a lawyer’s ability to go after corporate ne’er-do-wells — quite the opposite, in fact — apparently the AG’s office requires employees to obtain prior approval for activities that might earn them $1,000 or more. Neither a spokesperson for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman nor Smith’s lawyer would confirm to the Post whether she had earned money off her little hobby, so the paper sniffed out one of its famously dishy anonymous sources.
Alisha Smith, 36, who dresses demurely as a buttoned-down prosecutor, turns up the heat when she becomes perky persecutor “Alisha Spark,” a nom de dom she uses when she performs at S&M events for pay, according to a fetish source. “They pay her to go to the events. She dominates people, restrains them and whips them,” the fetish source said. At a recent event in which she posed for photos with fellow fetishists, she was espied wearing a skin-tight, see-through latex dress with heart-shaped pasties.
While wearing heart-shaped pasties seems close to criminal in its own right, all the article seems to prove is that women who hold powerful day jobs may also be into a bit of (trussed-up) hanky-panky on the side. Where things veer into more troubling territory is with the introduction of well-known dominatrix and model Edythe “Jade Vixen” Maa, apparently a friend and tag-teammate of Smith’s. Seems Vixen has attracted her fair share of emotional distress: In 2008, a former client shot and killed Vixen’s then boyfriend before shooting himself in the head, and just a few weeks ago her engineer boyfriend apparently self-suffocated in an attic full of rubber masks and other S&M gear.