MANHATTAN (PIX11)—She is alleged to be a ritzy madam. A 44-year-old mother and businesswoman, with influential clients. The architect and CEO of a multimillion dollar Upper East Side operation.
She's also broke.
In fact, according to her attorney Peter Gleason, "She doesn't have two nickels to rub together."
For the second time in a week she was back in court. Her sole focus is to get out of Rikers. Gristina's bond for allegedly promoting prostitution is set at $2 million dollars. Bail was set high since the native of Scotland is considered a serious flight risk. Gleason says the suburban housewife is being, "railroaded by the system."
To further prove that his client will not skip out on bail, Gleason is offering up his TriBeCa loft as collateral for bail, "I feel so comfortable giving them access to my place. I want them to move in with me."
The DA's office doesn't feel comfortable, expressing to their concerns to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan.
At a news conference after court, Gleason jokingly thanked the media for ensuring that Gristina will not bolt, "You folks in the press, I want to thank you. You'll make sure she doesn't flee." Coincidentally the loft happens to be right around the corner from Dominique Strauss Kahn's old crash pad. Judge Merchan is expected to rule on the strange offer on Thursday.
Although court lasted for approximately an hour, it was filled with verbal jabs covering a variety of topics.
Prior to the discussion of bail, Judge Marchan raised his voice at Gleason for trying to introduce an email publicly.
Gleason, who is not the lead attorney, also expressed that Gristina --- who not only is his client but also an acquaintance --- wants the primary court appointed attorney Richard Siracusa off the case. Gleason then expressed a desire interview potential public defenders, then select the one which suits Gristina best.
The judge shot Gleason down saying, "I have never heard of such a thing," and added that, "Your client will not get preferential treatment here."
Then, in a bit of a jaw-dropper, Gleason admitted before a packed courtroom that he had never tried a felony case before.
As for the other man standing beside Gristina, her husband Kelvin Gorr? He stood far away for this one. Gorr, wasn't in court, but a PIX 11 crew caught him in the hallway of the 16th floor watching from afar and awaiting for updates from two representatives inside the courtroom. Off camera, he expressed how hard this has been for his family. Once outside, he refused to talk as he was rushed to a waiting vehicle.
Separately, there was also talk of the alleged booker to the operation, Jaynie Mae Baker presenting herself to prosecutors. The attorney for the racy matchmaker, Robert Gottlieb, told PIX 11 that his client was not showing up today. When asked if Booker was in the New York area? Gottlieb refused to answer.
It is expected that 100 Centre Street will be just as interesting the remainder of the week.