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Gary Skoien Brings New Meaning to "Guitar Hero"

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Mar 12, 2009 5:05PM

Strange happenings in Inverness. Depending on who you believe, former Cook County GOP Chairman (and current Palatine Township GOP committeeman) Gary Skoien was caught with two prostitutes in his children's playroom , prompting his wife to beat him up with her fists and a guitar. But now Skoien is disputing some of those claims made in the police report. He said he was talking with a friend, not prostitutes, and that they were talking around 1 a.m. when he was attacked by his wife Eni. All 110 pounds of her. Skoien told the Daily Herald, "She heard talking and went crazy. Toy guitar understates it. I thought I was going to die." He added, "No money was exchanged. Nobody was naked."

However, as reported in the Sun-Times:

The police report said Skoien "told [the responding officer] he did in fact have prostitutes with him in the playroom when his wife caught him." The playroom looked like "a struggle of some kind took place there...There were items turned and tossed around the room," the report said.

"That's how it was reported to us," Barrington/Inverness Police Deputy Chief Jerry Libit said.

This morning, Skoien appeared on WLS-AM to talk about the incident and says he plans to change the police report. "Prostitution is illegal. if the police really thought that was going on, ... I can't understand why they didn't question me more." He also said, "If they were prostitutes, I would've lied. I would never tell the police there were prostitutes in my house." He also appeared on WBBM where he added:

"The police report says my wife came home and found me with women. That is absolutely not the case," Skoien told Newsradio 780.

"In fact, my wife was driven home by somebody," he continued. "I talked to that person and I was alone and there was nobody at the house. I'm not sure why the police report characterizes the people that were at the house later on the way they do. It was an allegation my wife made, but it was an allegation made in anger."

Skoien has not been charged with anything. Eni spent two nights in jail, has a 21-day restraining order against her, and faces a March 9 court date.