The New York Post promises "a ribald round of 'Name That John'" with the details offered up from accused Upper East Side madam—the "Mommy Madam" or the "Hockey Mom Madam," as you like—Anna Gristina's alleged little black book, per a court filing Tuesday. Yes, finally, after months of waiting and hoping, we get information about five prominent men. Except the details are woefully limited, so minimal as to be almost amusing.
For one thing, Gristina is not revealing any names, only "clues." For another, the descriptions could be of anyone—how many guys are Manhattan lawyers or bankers, for instance? What exactly does "prominent" mean, anyway?
Here's what we know, per The Post's Jeane MacIntosh and Laura Italiano: There's "a wealthy financier with interests in real estate and professional sports"; a "member of a politically prominent family in Manhattan"; "a prominent international banker"; "a prominent Manhattan lawyer"; and...ooh, juicy, "an accountant."
Anyone, as The Post suggests, "in the top circles of international banking, real estate and sports-team ownership" want to start buzzing about possible names?
Norm Pattis, Gristina's current lawyer (note: she's had quite a few at this point), filed the claim as part of a motion to get rid of the charge his client still faces, that of promoting prostitution. Pattis claims that the Manhattan DA committed "“egregious prosecutorial misconduct” in arresting Gristina in February. As Macintosh (who admitted to using Gristina as a source) and Italiano write:
After taking her into custody, investigators committed the criminal-justice version of extortion, the filings say, telling Gristina that she didn’t need a lawyer, despite her requests for one — and that she could go free if she flipped on five powerful men they believed were connected to her alleged multimillion-dollar call-girl ring.
It's unclear whether the reveal of these wee details will give the DA what they want (probably not?), nor why it's happening now, finally. The DA, for their part, did not comment to The Post regarding the filing.
There are also new details about what led up to Gristina's arrest, in which, allegedly, two of Gristina's girls performed "a live peep show" for an undercover cop at the madam's East 78th Street brothel. Seven months later, "Gristina and the two women were busted." The Post gives their names as "Mhairiangelo Bottone and Catherine DeVries"—they'd given those names back in March as well—who are apparently cooperating against Gristina; they've also pleaded not guilty to charges of prostitution.
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