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The next afternoon, September 10, Martin-Trigona moved a pile of research material out of the way and flopped onto his living room couch. It was 5:00 p.m., time for the Channel 7 news. Judging from the hyperbolic opening teasers, the station was about to break something big regarding Ellis Rubin and the Willets case. Martin-Trigona perked up. Then he was stunned to see Jane Akre standing on the steps of Rubin's law office, reporting the sensational story of Steve Wilson's meeting with Guy Rubin and the alleged attempt to sell a secret sex tape. Akre announced that Rubin would answer the charges at a hastily called press conference in front of his office at eight o'clock that night.
Something snapped. Wilson...Akre...
Rubin. Martin-Trigona's mind began to spin. "It's a conspiracy," he says he quickly deduced, "and Ellis Rubin has no idea." He raced around his apartment, gathering up all the material he could find relating to Akre and Wilson. He snatched the still-undelivered present, jumped into his battered 1978 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, and high-tailed it down to Ellis Rubin's office.
Martin-Trigona was rebuffed by Akre, confronted by Wilson, and jeered by reporters for his antics. But after the brief press conference he stayed put. Arms and microphones stretched toward the Rubins' backs as they turned and walked inside. So furious was Ellis Rubin's visage that no one dared follow him inside. No one, that is, except white-shoed George Martin-Trigona. He tapped on the door and slipped into the Rubin lair.
The white-haired attorney leaned back in a chair as his former client spread documents and allegations over a table in the office foyer. Looking on were Rubin's sons Guy and Mark, and a writer of Rubin's acquaintance.
A tense and confused atmosphere pervaded the inner sanctum. All eyes seemed to be stealing glances at the old man after his turn before the cameras. But he just sat silently. Outside, the media frenzy was almost over. Television crews were pulling up duct tape and packing away light kits. Most of the reporters had left.
"Okay, George, what is it that you've got?" drawled the senior Rubin, his words slow and tired.
Martin-Trigona's fire for Jane Akre now burned in a different direction. He wanted to show the world what he knew to be true: Akre and Wilson were conspiring to get Rubin. He had brought with him hundreds of pages of court documents relating to the pair, documents he believed Ellis Rubin needed to see -- copies of driving records, IRS reports, mortgage notes, scurrilous statements at child-support hearings, even maps of the Weston neighborhoods where they lived.
"These are immoral people," Martin-Trigona claimed. "They have lived in sin. Look, Akre didn't change her California plates for two years. That violates Florida law 320.38. And both of them have repeatedly broken Florida law 798.01 and 798.02."
"And what law is that, George?" Rubin asked wearily.
"`Living in Open Adultery' and `Lewd and Lascivious Behavior.'" He read Rubin the state law, which prohibits unmarried people from sleeping together.
Rubin seemed irritated. "But is that law enforced?"
"It's enforced every day. That is the excuse the cops use, if all else fails, to get into crack houses."
"Hmmm," Rubin mused as he leaned back again.
Martin-Trigona continued his litany, pulling out page after page from the documents he had spent months gathering, tossing them on the table.
Guy Rubin looked at his watch. "Well, what are we going to do here? We still have time before the eleven o'clock news."
Suddenly his father came to life, jerking forward in his chair. "No, no, no, no! We're not going on the eleven o'clock news." He put his hands on the table and rose half out of the chair. "George, tell me, what is your interest in all of this?"
"I am in love with Jane Akre."
Steve Wilson readily acknowledges what George Martin-Trigona uncovered in his months-long investigation. "Do I have a relationship with Jane Akre? Absolutely. I've never denied it," Wilson says. "Did I make that decision [to share information with Channel 7] because Jane Akre and I have a relationship? Absolutely not. I was working with Channel 7 and they were privy to some information that they wanted to go with. And they did." (At the time Wilson was preparing his story about the attempt to sell the secret Willets sex tape, Inside Edition was not being broadcast in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Channel 6 had dropped the show in August. Channel 7 purchased local rights to the program and began to air it on September 17, just in time to carry Wilson's sex-tape expose. Joel Cheatwood, WSVN's vice president for news, did not return calls asking for comment regarding negotiations for the purchase.)
Jane Akre also denies that her relationship with Wilson led to her getting the big scoop. "I was the reporter in the right place at the right time, and that's how I got on the story," she says. "I do what they tell me to do. If you assume Steve's my only source on this, you couldn't be more in error."
Some local journalists, aware of the personal relationship between Akre and Wilson, have questioned whether Akre could have fairly judged Ellis, Guy, and Mark Rubin's claim that Wilson attempted to extort the secret Willets sex video. "I have always had a good relationship with Ellis Rubin," Akre says in response to the speculation. "And the same with his son Mark Rubin. There is nothing personal about my reporting. I am reporting the news. I'm no part of any conspiracy against the Rubins.... [Ellis Rubin] never presented a police report [alleging attempted extortion]. He never followed through on it." (The Rubins' allegations of extortion are, in fact, noted several times in the Miami police report regarding the incident.)