Former 'Hollywood Madam' is leaving Nevada after her parrot was shotJanuary 9, 2022
‘I want to castrate whoever shot my little Chuey’: Former ‘Hollywood Madam’ says she’s moving out of Nevada town after her pet parrot was shot in leg with BB gun on Christmas Eve
- Heidi Fleiss, 56, is moving to Missouri after someone shot her beloved pet parrot, Chuey, in the leg with a BB gun on Christmas Eve
- Chuey suffered a fractured and crushed leg and now Fleiss is seeking punishment for the shooter, whom she believes was an out-of-town visitor
- ‘I want to castrate him, I want them to get the death penalty for shooting my little Chuey,’ she said
- She is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading about the culprit
- Fleiss, who runs an exotic bird sanctuary, is relocating to a 50-acre property in the Ozarks area next month in an effort to keep her flock safe
- She is known for running a Los Angeles prostitution ring in the mid-1990s that serviced high-profile clients including actor Charlie Sheen
A woman once dubbed the ‘Hollywood Madam’ for running a Los Angeles prostitution ring in the mid-1990s is leaving her southern Nevada home after one of the parrots in her exotic bird collection was shot in the leg with a BB gun.
Heidi Fleiss – known for her luxury escort business that once serviced the likes of actor Charlie Sheen – claims someone shot one of her macaws on Christmas Eve and is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprit.
Fleiss, 56, is very angry about the attack on her beloved Chuey, a five-year-old parrot, and wants the shooter to be punished to the full extent of the law.
‘I want to castrate him, I want them to get the death penalty for shooting my little Chuey, who was just flying around doing nothing — and they shoot her,’ she told the Pahrump Valley Times. ‘I want them to have the death penalty because everyone in the subdivision knows her and they love her.’
The former madam plans to leave Pahrump, the high desert community about 60 miles west of Las Vegas where she has lived for the past 15 years, in wake of the incident.
She has purchased a property in the Ozarks area of Missouri and aims to relocate her exotic bird collection there by the end of February.
Former ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Floss is leaving her Pahrump, Nevada home after her five-year-old parrot Chuey was shot in the leg with a BB gun on Christmas Eve. Fleiss is pictured walking out of the Love Ranch brothel, in Pahrump, with Ron Jeremy 2018
Fleiss discovered Chuey’s injuries on the afternoon of December 24 after the bird flew home to her Fort Churchill property off North Highway 160.
‘When [the bird] came home in the late afternoon, she fell and that’s when I noticed there was something wrong with her leg,’ she said.
She wanted to rush Chuey to the veterinarian straightaway, however the office was closed for the holidays.
Fleiss took the bird to the vet on December 27 where she learned Chuey had suffered a fractured and crushed leg.
‘He took an X-ray and he showed me someone shot it with a pellet gun, and her leg is fractured and crushed,’ she explained.
‘What kind of a sick f**k would shoot her while she was flying with her brother? It’s going to be a horrible surgery for her.’
Fleiss (pictured) is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter
Fleiss runs a sanctuary for exotic birds. She plans to relocate her collection to a 50-acre forest property in the Ozarks area of Missouri next month
She contacted Nye County Animal Control officers about the shooting and even kept the pellet that a veterinarian removed from the bird’s leg as evidence.
Fleiss, who has owned Chuey since the day she was born, speculates the shooter was likely an out-of-towner visiting for the holidays because everyone in the community ‘knows they’re my birds and they really enjoy them.’
She said she has loved raising her birds in Pahrump but needs to leave the community for their safety.
‘I hate to go, but it’s not fair to the birds to put them through this,’ Fleiss said.
‘My birds will be out of here by the end of February. I think the best moments of my life have been here with my birds, watching them fly and explore and seeing them have freedom from years of sitting in cages.’
She continued: ‘It’s really been an incredible experience and I’ve had some of the best times of my life here — but unfortunately, the worst.’
Fleiss claims the decision did not stem from just one isolated incident, but instead from several occasions in which her birds have been in danger.
Fleiss claims the decision to relocate did not stem from just one isolated incident, but instead from several occasions in which her birds have been in danger
‘Last month has been so tragic for my birds because someone’s pet bobcat got into the house and there was a massacre. You know, there’s so many people here with no respect for anything,’ she said.
Earlier last year, one of her birds – a macaw called Miller – went missing. Fleiss believed he had been stolen and offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his return.
She received a call from a man days later who provided information with the bird’s location, KPVM reported. She contacted police and authorities helped her make contact with the caller.
The caller lead her to the home of Lisa Huggins, where Miller was found sitting in a cage. Huggins, who was charged in connection to Miller’s disappearance, claimed she found the bird stuck in a fence at a park in the area, rescued it and took it home.
However, witnesses said Huggins’ account of the incident never took place and she instead stole the bird from Fleiss’ property.
The self-described bird keeper has since purchased a 50-acre forest near the Little House on the Prairie Historical Museum in Missouri and plans to relocate exotic bird rescue sanctuary there next month.
Fleiss (pictured in 1995) is known for running a Los Angeles prostitution ring in the mid-1990s that serviced high-profile clients including actor Charlie Sheen
Fleiss (pictured in court in August 1993) was arrested in June 1993 and charged with five counts of pandering. A jury found her guilty of three counts, however, her conviction was overturned in 1996
Fleiss earned the nickname ‘Hollywood Madam’ after she amassed a ring of 500 women whose escort services were earning her about $300,000 a week.
She entered the sex work business in 1987 at the age of 22 after her filmmaker boyfriend introduced her to Madam Alex, a ‘procuress to the stars’. According to the Hollywood Reporter – which interviewed Fleiss in 2018 for the 25th anniversary of her arrest – the now-bird keeper worked as one of Alex’s call girls and ‘quickly absorbed the business’.
By 1990, she had launched her own prostitution service, only recruiting high-end talent that who were ‘clean-cut and perfect, [like] she was born and raised in Beverly Hills.’
Her girls would charge clients about $1,500 a night, of which Fleiss would receive 40 percent. She was also said to carry an infamous red 28-page Gucci planner that was her ‘black book containing the names of her famous clients’.
However, her business didn’t last long. The other prostitution leaders, including Madam Alex, were working with Los Angeles police to take her down, offering up lists of her clients on a weekly basis.
Fleiss (left) is pictured with her ex, Tom Sizemore (right), at the 30th AFI Life Achievement Awards in Hollywood in 2002
Fleiss (right) is pictured at the Humane Society’s Rescue Los Angeles Gala in 2017 with Andrew Weinstein (left)
Fleiss was arrested in June 1993 and charged with five counts of pandering. Her case went to trial and Sheen testified that he had spent $53,000 a year on her services.
She was convicted on three counts of pandering and sentenced to three years in prison. Her conviction was overturned in 1996.
However, she did spend 20 months in federal prison after being convicted of federal tax evasion.
Fleiss moved to Pahrump, a town of less than 40,000 people, shortly afterwards.
She was a close friend of Dennis Hof, owner of several legal brothels in Nevada and star of the HBO adult reality series Cathouse.
Hof ran for state Legislature in 2018. He fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican and won the election despite having been found dead a month earlier after celebrating his 72nd birthday.
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