"I am opening up a stud farm," declares the former "Hollywood Madam"

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 17, 2005 08:00 AM

Heidi Fleiss is getting back into the business.

The former “Hollywood Madam,” 39, says she’s planning to turn a Southern Nevada brothel called the Cherry Patch Ranch into a resort featuring male prostitutes serving an all-female clientele, the Associated Press reports.

“I am moving to Crystal,” Fleiss, speaking from her Hollywood home, said of a desert crossroads 20 miles north of Pahrump and about 80 miles outside of Las Vegas – where the only businesses are two bordellos and little else. (Prostitution is legal in certain areas of the gambling state.)

“I am opening up a stud farm,” Fleiss declared. “I am going to have the sexiest men on earth. Women are going to love it.”

Joe Richards, owner of the Cherry Patch Ranch and the nearby Mabel’s Ranch, tells AP that he dispatched a “courtesy” letter Tuesday to inform the Nye County Commission that he’s hiring Fleiss “to be madam hostess of Cherry Patch Ranch.”

Only, there’s a hitch: County Sheriff Tony DeMeo said that because Fleiss is a convicted felon – who served 21 months for money laundering, tax evasion and attempted pandering before her release from prison in 1999 – she could be banned from the county’s legal sex trade.

In 1995, Fleiss was convicted of running a prostitution ring in which models-turned-prostitutes were flown around the world to meet wealthy actors and clients who paid as much as $10,000 for a single encounter.

As for her prospective new position, the six-member brothel licensing board reportedly will decide upon the matter. Even so, says Fleiss, movers are packing her up and “I’m moving.” She reportedly plans to arrive in Nevada later this week.