This was good and bad news for Helmsley. She was accused of shaking down an RCA television salesman for three free televisions in exchange for doing business with her hotel chain. That was new business.
She also was accused of demanding kickbacks from liquor salesmen for doing business with the hotels. That, too, was new business.
But one liquor salesman testified that Helmsley's aide later demanded that his company rent a suite in a Helmsley hotel, the Carlton House, if he wanted to continue to do business.
Explanation of extortion was the only request the jury made yesterday. Previous requests have included: the testimony of two liquor salesmen who claimed to be extortion victims, the testimony of Chase Manhattan bank officials involving a partnership they had with the Helmsleys, and testimony involving co-defendant Joseph Licari, a former Helmsley vice president.
The jurors will try again today.