Jennifer Love Hewitt is back in the spotlight for her latest Lifetime movie The Client List.
Hewitt plays a mother who starts turning tricks in order to support her injured husband and three small children. After being caught, she agrees to turn over some of the high profile clients in order to get a better deal. The question that seems to be burning up the search engines is whether or not this story is based on a true one.
The answer is not as simple as the question. Yes, The Client List is based on a true story, but only loosely. The real story apparently took place in Texas. Cynthia Martinez, a 44 year-old mother, started a “massage parlor” out of her home in order to help support her children. She was busted for prostitution during a sting operation and then was charged with running the parlor without a license (I guess she actually massaged a few people instead of just “massaging” people). Martinez denied all charges. You can check out the full report at the Dallas Morning News, but it seems their site is acting a little funny.
So while both revolve around prostitution and massage parlors, that’s all they really have in common. Martinez didn’t have a hunky husband to fret over and tried to have a go at this whole thing on her own as opposed to being hired to do what Hewitt was doing.
My heart goes out to Martinez and all women who feel they have no other options left.