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Saakashvili And The Masseuse

Georgia's opposition, which today begins country-wide protests, is having a field day with revelations that Saakashvili received a massage from a celebrity masseuse called Dr. Dot -- and an American no less!

And it's not that kind of massage, either, just a regular one...well maybe not that regular, with all the talk of biting.

But the celebrity masseuse has fueled the fire by writing about the encounter and posting videos on her racy blog. "The New York Times's" The Lede blog covers the story in detail:

The masseuse is named Dorothy Stein, but she goes by the nickname one of her many famous clients, Frank Zappa, gave her years ago: Dr. Dot. As she explained in a VH1 profile some years ago, her massage career began at the age of 14 when she offered to give members of the rock band Def Leppard back rubs as a way of getting to hang around with her idols backstage.

And from Dr. Dot's blog:

During the massage 'Mr. President' was very witty. I was massaging his massive neck and told him "wow! Your neck is so tense!" and he answered "no kidding, I have RUSSIA sitting on it!".

After the massage, he was in a super good mood and even posed with me. I didn't even BOTHER bringing my good Sony camera as I thought, nah, he would never pose with a rock and roll massage therapist. BUT he did, so my blackberry camera had to do.

-- Luke Allnutt

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