Accused Partner Of Alleged Manhattan ‘Madam’ Pleads Not Guilty

Attorney Robert Gottlieb Portrays Jaynie Mae Baker As More Of A Humanitarian

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The woman who prosecutors say was the partner of accused Manhattan madam Anna Gristina surrendered to authorities and pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon.

The attorney for 30-year-old Jaynie Mae Baker said she turned herself in to the Manhattan district attorney and entered a not guilty plea on the charge of promoting prostitution in the third-degree.

Her attorney said a bail package was worked out and that she will be released on $100,000 bond.

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Baker looked the picture of composure Tuesday as she was led in handcuffs to her arraignment. Her attorney, however, said don’t be fooled.

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Prosecutors say Jaynie Mae Baker is an accomplice to the alleged Upper East Side madam Anna Gristina. Baker is seen in court on March 13, 2012. (credit: CBS 2)

“This is a very frightening thing to go through for any person, especially Ms. Baker,” Robert Gottlieb told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

The Manhattan district attorney said Baker helped run a hugely successful brothel out of an Upper East Side apartment building on 78th Street, a business that allegedly amassed millions of dollars providing call girls to rich and powerful clients.

However, Gottlieb said Baker is not what she’s been portrayed as. He said she’s more interested in the penniless and the powerless.

“To obtain clothing for the poor in India; she’s done that in the United States,” Gottlieb said. “She’s participated in a program in Romania, going to a child’s orphanage to help care for those children.”

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Gottlieb lashed out at reports Baker was “on the lam.” He said she was “on the beach” in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and arranged to fly to Newark shortly after friends told her via Facebook that her picture was all over the news.

Baker has worked as a matchmaker for a company called “VIP Life.” Lisa Clampitt is the CEO and told Aiello “Jaynie worked here for only a few months. She’s a sweetheart. This is all shocking to me.”

“She has been involved in matchmaking, legitimate matchmaking and there’s nothing sordid, nothing wrong, nothing illegal,” Gottlieb added.

Baker had been wanted by police since Feb. 22 when Gristina was first arrested. Gristina is still behind bars at Rikers Island on $2 million bond.

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  1. Bull's horns says:

    It is disheartening how people who know nothing about the case or the defendants can make statements about guilt. The prosecution is most likely trying to corner the clients of high-priced prostitutes, while having no interest in stemming the rampant prostitution that is conducted constantly in their golden city. Ms. Baker is being dangled out there for the prosecution’s publicity stunt because she is a friend to many, including some unsavory types. Big story, who cares if they sacrifice the blonde? The truth will come out, and my guess is that within weeks some political figures will have their clocks cleaned — oh wait — it’s an election year! Probably won’t hear about it until October. . .

  2. Bullett says:

    Jaynie Mae Baker pleads “not guilty”, now I’d tap that!

  3. Rocker80 says:

    not guilty

  4. Madoff Gettin' Down Wit Da Toothbrush says:

    MADOFF DID WORSE AND IS NOW GETTING POKED ANALLY BY A CELLBLOCK OF MEN WITH A TOOTHBRUSH!

  5. JoeLee says:

    This prostitution sting is a PR stun!! This shows that the government really is going after prostitution rings. There are over 300 escort and modeling agencies in New York that will send girls to your hotel room for companionship, escort, or modeling. By their ads, it implies prostitution but these agencies deny prostitution is going on. You can find them on the websites. Many of these agencies who advertise on the internet do not obtain a business license to conduct business and the city have no way of monitoring their business. Where the prosecution of these agencies 300 plus agencies in NYC? As long as prostitution is not licensed and their agencies are not registered, there is no way to adequately inspect them for human trafficking victims. It’s time for licensure not prohibition.

    1. JoeLee says:

      I mean stunt!! By 300 plus escort, modeling, and companionship agencies in NYC and no prosecution of these 300 plus agencies, it is clear that the enforcement of the prostitution statutes is selective. These agencies serve high class clients. When men visit an Asian massage parlor, the police write down their license plate number and tell the men to come forward or else they will be arrested for patronizing a prostitute. Why don’t the prosecutors tell the clients of this prostitution ring to come forward and admit their crime or else they will summons them to the police station for questioning. Why are the middle class and the poor are the ones that are intimidated into admitting their crime? Why do the rich get away from being intimidated in admitting their crimes? Do we have double standards for the rich, the poor, and the middle class?

  6. TELLIN IT IS LIKE IT IS says:

    WHO CARES IF SOME RICH SCHMUC K WANTS TO PAY TO GET THEIR COC K SWALLOWED..LOOK WHAT IT DID FOR SPITZER,HIS BANK ACCOUNT HAS QUADRUPLED.

  7. Steve McQueen says:

    She cares about the poor and the penniless and she’s on a Mexican beach. She worked at the matchmaking site a few months. GIVE US A BREAK. She is guilty!

  8. M.A.D says:

    if the “prostitutes” were were working against their will or force then I say send the madams to jail, but if the “prostitutes” are consenting to the line of work they have chosen to follow don’t waste the tax payers money and simply given them an appearance ticket with a high fee.

  9. Peep says:

    Both defendants are ex prosties. They are both good looking women.

    1. Retired 44 says:

      Anna Gristina is a good looking woman?…Look again…I think you ought to consider glasses…

  10. Bman says:

    They’ll get off scott free. And keep thier money ! whay a waste of time this is …
    lame

  11. Rugbyball says:

    There is a typo, Last sentence reads as of now “Both Gristina and Baker are also accused in this indictment of promoting prosecution.”
    Believe you mean “prostitution” on the last word of that sentence. Damn auto correct😉

    If it’s not, then I believe its the D.A. “promoting prosecution”:-)

  12. Peter says:

    where am I going to go to get serviced ?

    1. DIANN says:

      WAY TO GO PETER ! ! THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT ! A MAN WITH SOME REAL “BALLS” ! I;LL TELL ANYBODY IF I HAD THE CONNECTIONS & WAS NOT AFRAID OF THE HEALTH RISK I WOULD BE RIGHT THERE DOING THE SAME THING AS THOSE TWO WOMEN !

    2. Sailor Boy says:

      Try the nearest homeless shelter, you can get it any way you want, for a pair of socks, sweater, blanket etc, or $3 cash, and you dont even have to kiss them.

  13. Bullett says:

    Ten to one odds that she claims not to be able to afford an attorney. What ever she and her friend Gristina did with the money is a well kept secret.

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