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Sources: Unaware of being taped, Vermillion’s PR adviser says unkind things about her


Steve Marcus

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak speaks at a news conference outside Metro Police Headquarters Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Sisolak said he has filed a criminal complaint against his former girlfriend and former Henderson Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion alleging that she tried to extort $3.9 million from him.

Vermillion Controversy

KSNV coverage of the interview with Kathleen Vermillion's daughter, Jan. 26, 2012.

Sisolak and Vermillion in 2008

Clark County Commission District A candidate Steve Sisolak talks with supporters with his then-girlfriend Kathleen Vermillion during a political mixer at the Pizza Caffe in Henderson Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Launch slideshow »
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Former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion

Kathy Vermillion’s public relations adviser described his client as scary, out of control and determined to destroy the reputation of her ex-boyfriend, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, according to persons who have heard a tape Sisolak secretly recorded of the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting, which was also attended by Vermillion’s attorney, Rob Martin, was to discuss Vermillion’s lawsuit against Sisolak, in which she alleged he had an “improper and secretive” relationship with her 15-year-old daughter and that Sisolak had violated her privacy by discussing the results of a drug test she took.

Sisolak and Vermillion had dated for five years before breaking up in October. Separate from the drama of her suing Sisolak, Vermillion is under scrutiny for her financial management of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, the charity she founded 12 years ago. She says she plans to cut her ties with the organization so it won’t be saddled with controversy.

Sisolak said the meeting on Sunday was tantamount to a shakedown because he was told if he paid $3.9 million, the lawsuit would be dropped. Vermillion has described the meeting as something of an informal settlement conference. The tape has been turned over to Metro Police investigators.

Mark Fierro, Vermillion’s public relations consultant, said Thursday his remarks on the tape about his client were taken out of context. He didn’t dispute the gist of the paraphrase but said it was in reference to her reputation being destroyed and how “nobody would be able to put her back together again.”

On the audiotape of that meeting, sources say, Fierro talked about how the lawsuit could destroy Sisolak’s political career and that some people would believe he was immoral and lecherous if videotaped remarks by Vermillion’s daughter ridiculing Sisolak were made public.

Fierro said Thursday he was not referring to the videotape but to the mere allegation, contained in the lawsuit, that Sisolak had been involved in an unseemly relationship with the teen.

In that video, shown to reporters Monday, the teenager talked of Sisolak taking her to Victoria’s Secret, taking her and a friend to buy bikinis while in San Diego, texting her late at night and seeing a movie with her, which the teen said felt like “a date.”

On Wednesday, the girl’s father said he talked to his daughter about the video and that she said she was coaxed into being videotaped and that the allegations against Sisolak were false. Vermillion countered that her daughter stood by her comments.

Fierro said Thursday that neither he, Martin, nor Vermillion coaxed nor coached the young woman.

If Vermillion’s lawsuit had legal merit, no one talked about it during the meeting, sources said. Instead, Martin was described as saying that if the case went to trial he would have a “difficult time” convincing a jury that Vermillion deserved anything.

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  1. "Kathy Vermillion's public relations adviser described his client as scary, out of control and determined to destroy the reputation of her ex-boyfriend..."

    What was that about glass houses and who shouldn't be throwing rocks?

    "This is like Wikileaks... Raw honesty always freaks people out....We need more of it."

    doubledown -- kudos to you for cracking the collective illusion so many choose to live in. Kind of like watching a family-friendly flick by John Waters.


    Winston - "I hate purity. I hate goodness. I don't want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones."

    Julia - "Well then, I ought to suit you, dear. I'm corrupt to the bones." -- "1984" Part II Chapter 2

  2. These two need to just go away!

  3. "Recording of a private or privileged conversation without revealing the presence of a recording or listening device, absent a court order is a class D felony."

    keystone6 -- excellent point, one I wondered about. Especially since it was done with attorneys in the room, then turned over to the police as criminal evidence. But since the cops and feds do it all the time in this Big Brother nation, it may be a moot point in the end.

    "Is this 1984, or what?" -- the Honorable Alex Kozinski, now chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in the Unabomber case

  4. Both Sisolak and his ex need to be run out of Las Vegas. He should not be making decisions of any kind for the citizens of Clark County, he obviously has huge issues. Despicable!

  5. All this story needs now is a sex tape. I'll get the popcorn ready!

  6. A person with narcissistic personality disorder may:

    React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation

    Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals

    Have excessive feelings of self-importance

    Exaggerate achievements and talents

    Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love

    Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment

    Need constant attention and admiration

    Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy

    Have obsessive self-interest

    Pursue mainly selfish goals

  7. The new newspaper in town,
    SSJ Steve Sisolak Journal will secretly record your conversation and then share it with their friends in the media.

  8. Part 1 of 2

    Tonight TV news stations are telling us that Kathleen Boutin-Vermillion is no longer associated with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY).

    However, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's online corporate records as of 1/26/12, HOMELESS YOUTH FOUNDATION (HYF) is a Nevada non-profit corporation incorporated June 30, 2008. It is Nevada Entity E0428492008-5. In a regular List of Officers & Directors for HYF, filed with the Secretary of State on May 11, 2011, signed by Ms. Boutin, she is listed as Registered Agent for Service of Process and as Executive Director.

    Sadly, Mrs. Sandy Miller is listed as a Director, i.e. Member of the Board of Directors with an address on that same residential street in Henderson starting with "C" where Ms. Boutin listed herself as the person to serve in lawsuits against Homeless Youth Foundation or Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and Homeless Youth Foundation. I doubt Mrs. Miller lives or works at that address. On HYF's website as of 1/26/12, Mrs. Miller is touted as a former Nevada First Lady, and mother of the current Secretary of State. Sadly someone running HYF was trying to give HYF the appearance of legitimacy On that same Secretary of State filing for HYF, Marcus Conklin is listed as President, Jasen Cassady is listed as Treasurer and Tim Herbst is listed as Secretary of HYF. None of those three are listed as members of the Board of Directors.

    In contrast on 1/26/12, on HYF's website, a shadow tab when you mouse over "About Us", Kathleen Vermillion, Sandy Miller, Tim Herbst, Jasen Cassady and Mark Fiorentino are listed as "Trustees". In non-profit corporate law parlance a foundation (other than a private family foundation) and a corporation are the same, and Directors and Trustees serve the same function. Yet for some odd reason Ms. Vermillion and Mr. Fiorentino are not listed in the HYF filing with the Secretary of State as Directors or Trustees.

    On the Homeless Youth Foundation website, at "Credentials" there is a copy of an IRS 501(c)(3) status approval letter for HYF addressed to "Ms. Butin" on that "C" named residential street in Henderson and dated March 20, 2009. The "Credentials" page of the HYF website also has a pdf of some unsigned Bylaws, and a statement (not a link) which says "Audit and Financials will be available soon in pdf format"

    How soon is soon?

  9. Part 2

    How soon is soon?

    Apparently, the Homeless Youth Foundation has been operating since 2008, so given that the HYF website says the "Audit and Financials will be available soon in pdf format" one would assume that the Audited Financial Statements would already be "ready" or finished for 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as HYF's IRS Form 990 tax returns for 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    While, as far as I know, the Homeless Youth Foundation's Financial Statements and IRS 990's don't have to be posted online, if HYF is to hope to continue to function as a useful and important charitable foundation/non-profit corporation, it will be important that those documents be made public ASAP. That would be especially important given that in the 2009 Audited Financial Statement for Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (viewable on its website as of 1/26/12) had, at "Note 4" reference to a transfer of roughly $300,000 of Partnership for Homeless Youth's restricted and unrestricted funds were 'transferred to an affilated non-profit corporation'. One must assume that the roughly $300,000 of NPHY money went to this "Homeless Youth Foundation".

    The question of the evening is whether Ms. Boutin-Vermillion is also gone as Executive Director of this lesser known "affiliated" Nevada non-profit corporation, as well as how that roughly $300,000 was spent by Homeless Youth Foundation.

    So sad for all of the nice people who are volunteer Directors and Advisors for these organizations, so sad for the donors, so sad for the kids who needed every dime donated to help them.