Suburban Zumba instructor denies turning gym into brothel…

A Zumba instructor has pleaded not guilty to  charges that she ran a brothel from her fitness studio and secretly filmed  illicit encounters with clients.

Alexis Wright, 29, appeared in court today  charged with 109 counts including prostitution and tax evasion.

Miss Wright, of Wells, Maine, is alleged to  have taped herself having sex with men who were unaware they were being filmed  and kept meticulous books suggesting she made as much as $150,000 from  prostitution.

Fitness front: Alexis Wright, from Maine, is alleged to have had 150 clients visit her for sex at a fitness studio in Kennebunk
Fitness front: Alexis Wright, from Maine, is alleged to have had 150 clients visit her for sex at a fitness studio in Kennebunk
 

Fitness front: Alexis Wright, from Maine, is alleged to  have had 150 clients visit her for sex at a fitness studio in  Kennebunk 

Zumba scandal: Alexis Wright, 29, appears in court in Maine today charged with 109 counts of prostitution after allegedly running a brothel from a fitness studio

Zumba scandal: Alexis Wright, 29, appears in court in  Maine today charged with 109 counts of prostitution after allegedly running a  brothel from a fitness studio

Police have issued summonses to Wright’s  alleged 150 customers, some of whom are  well-known, who visited the brothel at  her Pura Vida studio  in Kennebunk.

Some clients were expected to be charged next  week after police conducted a five-month investigation into the illegal  goings-on at the gym.

Anonymous tip-offs led police to the scandal  occurring after hours at Pura Vida , according to the Bangor Daily  News.

Mark Strong Sr, a 57-year-old insurance agent  and Wright’s alleged business partner, also pleaded not guilty to 59 counts of  promoting prostitution, invasion of privacy and conspiracy at the Portland  courthouse.

Strong’s lawyer, Daniel Lilley, said his  client loaned money to Wright in the belief that her Zumba studio was a good  business venture.

Zumba is a global fitness craze where  participants work out using a blend of dance and aerobics moves to Latin music.

Started in 2001, the program is now followed  by 14 million people in more than 150 countries.

Working out: Wright, 29, allegedly ran a brothel from Pura Vida studio in Kennebunk

Working out: Wright, 29, allegedly ran a brothel from  Pura Vida studio in Kennebunk

Craze: The Zumba dance craze has swept the world and the Latin-inspired workout is now followed by 14 million people (stock image)

Craze: The Zumba dance craze has swept the world and the  Latin-inspired workout is now followed by 14 million people (stock  image)

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