Lawyers For Alleged East Side Madam Challenge Underage Prostitute Allegations

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lawyers for Anna Gristina-Gorr continue to deny any notion the alleged Upper East Side Madam procured underage prostitutes for male clients.

“I think the facts will come out that that is not the case and I would not be here today if I thought there was the slightest inclination of that,” said defense attorney Peter Gleason.

The defense slammed tabloid headlines such as “DA: Underage girls used,” but there’s no denying the prosecutor talked at Gristina’s first court appearance about a sexual encounter with minors present.

“One of the prostitutes that came in to talk to us had said that she was present for this encounter that was arranged by the defendant and that she was particularly upset because there were underage actors involved,” said prosecutor Charles Linehan.

This raised the possibility that underage men visited the alleged East Side brothel as clients.

“In my experience, I’ve had 17 and 18-year-old men call and try to book appointments,” said former madam Kristin Davis.

Davis believes that’s why an upscale prostitute would tell cops she was “upset.” “The girls don’t want to see young guys like that, it makes them feel uncomfortable,” she explained.

It’s also interesting to note there is no mention of underage prostitutes in the indictment, which you would expect if the women were under the age of 19.

“There’s something missing here and I’m hoping we get to the bottom of it,” said Gleason.

The defense says it will challenge the prosecutor to clarify his comments about who exactly was underage.

Gristina is being held on an unusually high bond of $2 million. She’s expected back in court next week so a judge can decide if she qualifies for a public defender.

“People do things and you just never know,” Anna James of Midwood told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

“It’s just crazy it could end up being any person walking down the street,” said Danielle Fabian of the Upper West Side.

Psychologist Harris Stratyner says greed may have fueled Gristina’s alleged “double life,” a public persona of responsible, small-town mom and accused big city madam raking in millions with high class prostitution.

“And people can divide themselves in to two,” he said. “Living a life where danger, excitement, espionage so to speak, secrecy, and money all go together and they are all an aphrodisiac.”

Stratyner speculates she is both narcissist and exhibitionist, but one who values always being seen as a good mother.

“She knew how to be a mommy. She extrapolated her skills from being a soccer mom and applied them to her prostitutes and became their mother,” he said.

Gristina’s story will move beyond the headlines to book, movie and TV deals.

Dr. Stratyner looks at Gristina’s expressions in court and sees a 44-year-old woman he considers deeply, clinically depressed.

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  1. Ian says:

    I’m having a hard time figuring out why people are fascinated or surprised by this story. First, the age of consent in NY is 17, so the boys aren’t underage. But more relevant to my point is that people are acting like somehow this is a rare event. Do you have any idea how many brothels there are in NYC – tons! Look at craigslist and Backpage. Within seconds you will see ads of different girls using the same phone number in the same part of town – a brothel. Most Asian massage parlors are brothels and the ones that aren’t still offer “happy endings” of at least a hand job. These are located in every neighborhood with plenty in the ritzy upper east and west sides. Everyone is discreet and try to keep a low profile, but they are there. It would be far better for us to spend all this energy legalizing the profession, requiring mandatory regular health testing, license/registration and online health profiles. The societal issues here are trying to prevent the spread of disease and eliminating sex slavery and that is what we should focus on. Everything else is between consenting adults. Mandatory health screening and licensing would go much further towards achieving those goals than the occasional sensationalized arrest and prosecution while hundreds of thousands of prostitutes and johns go about their business unaffected. Our law enforcement dollars would be better spent elsewhere.

  2. Raymond Leslie says:

    I pretty sure she’s not the only eastside madam. Who else could afford a date with a beautiful women besides rich politicians.

  3. susan says:

    ‘SOOCER MOM TURNED MADAM” IS NOT A NEW STORY ..I DO BELIEVE IHAVE HEARD VERY SIMILAR STORIES BEFORE..THE TWIST TO THIS ONE IS THE UNDERAGE JOHNS..THE NEWS REPORTS HAVE BEEN A BIT DIFFERENT ON TV NETWORKS,SOME SAYING SHE RAN A “CALL GIRL” BUSINESS WHICH IS DEFINITELY NOT THE SAME AS A PROSTITUE RING, AND I HAVE HEARD NOTHING UNTIL THIS STORY ABOUT THE UNDERAGE BOYS…ALSO, WHERE IS HER HUSBAND IN ALL THIS AND WHERE ARE HER CHILDREN???

    1. Vicky Gallas says:

      The one time that I have heard the “soccer mom madam” title was with Maureen Hergenreder – it was a State of Michigan case and Maureen managed to get it dismissed, but her husband pled to a misdemeanor.

      Agree – this is the first I’ve heard of underaged clients. The stories that I read previously alluded to the minors being the prostitutes.

      Also agree on the spin doctors calling this a “call girl ring” and referring to an escort service when this is charged in relation to an incall operation or brothel. They are definitely not one and the same and I often go on rants about exactly that.

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