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Accused NY madam: Prosecutors grilled her on list

 In this photo of March 6, 2012 in New York, Anna Gristina appears in State Supreme Court. A legal U.S. resident originally from the Scottish Highland...

Manhattan Madam Case

In this photo of March 6, 2012 in New York, Anna Gristina appears in State Supreme Court. A legal U.S. resident originally from the Scottish Highland...

A woman accused of running a high-class Manhattan brothel said in a jail interview published Friday that prosecutors showed her a list of 10 high-profile men and demanded she name her alleged clients.
Anna Gristina told the New York Post in an interview from Rikers Island jail that she recognized about half of the men on the list but that they were either friends or business associates.
"The ones I knew were people I've known for a long time who are in politics, investing and real estate," said Gristina, a former real-estate broker and animal rescuer from suburban Monroe, New York, who said she was starting a legal dating service.
She said she did make millions but "for other people," helping out friends with real-estate and other ventures.
It is the first time Gristina has spoken publicly since her Feb. 22 arrest. She has pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution
The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment.
Gristina said the grilling amounted to "Tell us what we want, and we'll let you go."
She did admit boasting in phone calls about people she knew in high places _ police officers, FBI agents and politicians.
She also admitted meeting with Morgan Stanley financial adviser David Walker on the day she was arrested.
The investment giant placed Walker on paid leave after he was linked to Gristina. He has not been charged with any crime.
The meeting with Walker was to discuss a "totally legitimate" online matching service for wealthy men and women, she said.
Gristina also talked about her not-yet-arrested co-defendant in the alleged prostitution ring, Jaynie Baker, who she said was on vacation and not evading authorities.
"She just found that she's a supposed fugitive," she said. "She's a professional matchmaker ... that's what she's doing for me."
"If I'm such a big, high-profile madam, making all this money, and they had to investigate me for five years, why did they arrest me on a single promoting-prostitution charge _ and only after I refused to talk to them?" Gristina said.
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Updated : 2021-10-27 20:14 GMT+08:00