John Edwards on Thursday vehemently denied a report that he had been named as a client in New York City’s so-called “Soccer Mom Madam” prostitution scheme.A call girl working for alleged “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with a man she believed to be Edwards in 2007 when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, according the DNAinfo website, which specializes in city crime news. Continue Reading Text Size – + reset One of Edward’s lawyers, Allison Van Laningham, said Thursday that the report’s accusations against Edwards were false. “Mr. Edwards categorically denies that he was involved with any prostitute or service. These allegations are false, defamatory, and he puts those who would publish or repeat them on notice that they acting with actual malice by reporting or repeating them,” Van Laningham said in a statement. The Edwards team has also demanded a retraction of the DNAinfo’s story. The one-night fling allegedly took place at an Upper East Side hotel suite and was arranged by an aide with help from a New Yorker familiar with Gristina’s prostitution ring, sources told DNAinfo. Gristina has been arrested and is suspected of running a $15 million New York prostitution ring with a “black book” allegedly containing a client list of powerful, wealthy, and politically connected clients. The Edwards story was spreading across the media on Thursday morning, as outlets picked up the story, including New York Magazine, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, and The Hill. Murray Weiss, the author of the DNAinfo story, was a longtime police reporter for the New York Post before joining DNAinfo. Several weeks ago, he was the first to disclose the existence of the Upper East side escort service.