Is Lifetime’s Let’s Get Physical based on a true story?

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Along with its streaming competitors like Netflix and Hulu, Lifetime has no qualms about tackling true crime stories on screen, ranging from Casey Anthony to JonBenét Ramsey. The network is once again venturing into the genre with the upcoming film “Let’s Get Physical,” a story that is as strange and unbelievable as it is true. The film, which stars Jenna Dewan as the lead character Sadie, centers on a woman’s double life as a dance instructor and manager of a prostitution business.

“Let’s Get Physical” is based on the true story of Alexis Wright, who, in 2012, was accused of running a prostitution ring out of her Zumba dance studio and grossing nearly $150,000 from her services. Before the film opens on October 15, let’s delve into the true story that inspired “Let’s Get Physical.”

Who is Alexis Wright?

After graduating from the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College in 2010, single mom Wright decided to open a Zumba dance studio called Pura Vida in Kennebunk, ME, known for its many beaches and historic homes, according to Vanity Fair. The business, along with a rented office used for massage services called Sensual Body Work by Lydia, was launched to help her earn money and save for medical school, at least that’s what she told everyone.

In the traditional town of Kennebunk, many of its residents began to notice that Wright was not who he claimed to be. Her online advertisements for massage services were sexually suggestive and almost pornographic, leading some to dig into his background. Through a simple online search, Wright’s name received hundreds of hits on countless websites, from blogs to porn sites, according to The Daily Beast. Of course, being a dance instructor and amateur porn actress isn’t illegal, but what Wright did within the walls of her business would eventually lead to a scandal that would shake Kennebunk to the core.

How did Alexis Wright run her prostitution business?

During the day, Wright operated her dance studio, but behind the scenes, she also ran an elaborate prostitution business between her two rented offices, which attracted the attention of many clients in Kennebunk. Despite having an illegal sex gig, Wright wasn’t necessarily trying to hide the business from her. According to The Daily Beast, a woman who appeared to be Wright wrote a blog post at the time, saying, “I live in a small town in Maine and have my own dance studio, many in my community don’t realize I’m an exhibitionist.” and that I’m craving sex. I’ve had sex with a lot of the married men locally and it’s satisfying to know that I’m providing them with what they’re not getting at home. If only the women knew…”

Along with her online confessionals, Wright was also not discreet about performing her sexual services. Not long after her performance, Pura Vida began to attract the attention of neighboring businesses, including a pizzeria called Toppings. According to Vanity Fair, pizzeria employees reported “many different motor vehicles driving behind the building at all hours of the day and night” and “several men, occasionally dressed in sports jackets and various business attire.” with his visits timed 30 minutes to the point.

However, Pura Vida was not the only place that caused a stir among the locals. The owner of his second rental office, Sensual Body Work by Lydia, decided to investigate Wright after another tenant of his similarly reported a rotation of men coming in and out of the property and accompanying “groaning and groaning” sounds. your visits routinely. After receiving the tenant’s complaint, the office owner, Christopher West, searched for Wright online and surprisingly found pornographic videos of her in that same office, prompting him to go to the police.

How was Alexis Wright caught?

West’s police report prompted authorities to search his home, two offices and his car. Searching the house, police found mountains of evidence pointing to Wright operating a prostitution business, including: a dating book listing over 100 names of clients, sexual acts performed, the cost of said sexual acts, sheets calculation with customer addresses and phone numbers. , and the images of the sexual encounters, which were recorded without the knowledge or consent of the clients, as reported by Vanity Fair.

Through the investigation, authorities also discovered that Wright had an accomplice, 57-year-old insurance salesman (and private investigator) Mark Strong. As a private investigator, Strong helped Wright identify the clients she had sex with by looking up her license plate numbers as she viewed the content she created, either through video recordings or live on Skype. Wright and Strong also had a sexual relationship, although he was a married man with two children.

Wright earned approximately $150,000 from when he started his business in October 2010 until his operation was exposed in February 2012. During his career, he hid this income and claimed to have only a few hundred dollars in his bank account, allowing him to evade pay a lot. of his taxes and also collect aid from the state.

What happened to Alexis Wright?

In March 2013, Wright was indicted on 20 counts of prostitution, tax evasion, and welfare fraud and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 10 months in prison, though she only served six, and she was released from jail in November 2013 for good behavior, according to CBS News.

Wright’s puzzling story is sure to keep viewers hooked as it unfolds on screen. Check out Dewan’s portrayal of her as Sadie in “Let’s Get Physical,” which hits Lifetime on October 15, and check out the trailer below!

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