Stuart Levine, the star witness in the trial of Springfield millionaire William Cellini on Monday detailed his all-day drug binges with male friends, including times when the witness would snort 10 lines of a potent mix of drugs in a sitting.
The wild partying at the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood, was during the same period that the witness allegedly conspired with Cellini to fix political deals.
Under questioning by Cellini lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, Stuart Levine admitted that on the same day — May 8, 2004 — he was captured on tape talking to Cellini about state pension deals, he was on an FBI tape arranging a drug pick-up with his drug dealer.
Webb, who is hoping to show Levine has both memory issues and a propensity to lie, was not allowed to play the recording to jurors but asked Levine, who admitted to it.
“Never when I’m dealing with Mr. Cellini,” Levine told Webb, when asked if he took drugs while dealing with Cellini.
“Do you think your drug usage is impacting your ability to remember?” Webb asked at one point.
“It’s possible,” Levine said.
Levine said over the years, he paid for all the drugs used in his parties. Over eight to 10 hours, Levine would snort 10 lines that were a mixture of Ketamine and Crystal Meth.
“Did you do that so you could continually stay high throughout the day?” Webb asked.
“Yes,” said Levine.
Sometimes Levine would pay for a private jet to fly his male companions to hotels in Springfield and Bloomington and take part in the parties, he said.
Levine said he’s given his companions about $500,000 in cash over the years. One of the men threatened to expose Levine’s secret lifestyle if Levine didn’t pay him $300,000, he said. Levine paid up, and when the man returned for more money, Levine told his lawyers, who told the government. He never heard from the man again.
“Were you glad it stopped?” Webb asked. “Yes,” Levine said.
“Did you find that to be a benefit to you?” Webb said.
“Yes,” Levine said.
At the same time Levine was engaging in drug binges two to three times a month, he served on the board of Interventions, which operated drug rehab facilities.
“Did that seem a little deceitful to you?” Webb asked. The judge blocked Levine from answering.
Levine has admitted that when the feds caught up to him in 2004, he lied about his drug use so he could be freed on bond.
“Will you lie to this court system if you think you’ll benefit from it?” Webb asked.
Levine responded loudly: “No, I will not.”
Cellini is charged with conspiring with Levine and two fund-raisers to Rod Blagojevich, Chris Kelly and Tony Rezko. Cellini is accused of passing on a message to Hollywood Producer Tom Rosenberg that Rosenberg was expected to cough up money to Blagojevich’s campaign fund if he wanted his investment firm, Capri Capital, to win a $220 million investment from the Teachers‚ Retirement System.