Following a Page Six-ready scoop from The Observer's Foster Kamer last week, that alleged Mommy Madam Anna Gristina had claimed to be a "very, very good friend" of The New York Post's Col Allan, the editors of The Post acted quickly. Allan denied the charge, calling it outrageous, and an article appeared in the Post on Friday by Jeane MacIntosh, who said that the person with the relationship with Gristina was in fact her—and that Gristina was merely a source. Monday there's another article about Gristina in the paper that makes us wonder if the editors have decided to go a bit harder on the Mommy Madam—and if that's the case, if it has anything to do with the claims of last week.
In Monday's Mommy Madam exclusive, three Post writers, including MacIntosh, explain that Gristina first caught the attention of investigators back in 2004, rather than in 2007, which had previously been the date cited as the beginning of the look into the alleged prostitution ring. Officials got involved because of a fight between Gristina and a woman named Jennifer Billo over the use of the apartment on East 78th Street (aka, the alleged brothel). In the fight, Gristina boasted "You better watch your back. I own New York!" and “I’m going down to the city, and I’m going to beat your head in with a baseball bat," in an apparent attempt to get Billo, who had been fighting with other women there, to leave the premises. Billo apparently retorted, "I’m going to have someone put a bullet in your children’s head, your husband’s head and your head!"