The 22-year-old woman initially accused the men of rape, but questions were raised about whether prosecutors initially failed to turn over evidence that she had recanted part of her story.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed a bill to strengthen penalties against cabbies who knowingly work with sex traffickers.
“After reviewing the entire record… we find the amount of bail set by the trial court was unreasonable and an abuse of discretion,” the judges wrote. They made note that Gristina has no criminal record.
It appears an East Rockaway woman was selling more than hot dogs from her cart on Sunrise Highway.
Six New York City livery cab drivers surrendered to authorities Monday morning. According to prosecutors, the cabbies “promoted” prostitution by escorting “Johns” and prostituted women all over the city.
Prosecutors now have three people cooperating in the case against accused Upper East Side madam Anna Gristina.
The accused multimillion dollar madam was back in her isolation cell at Rikers Island on Thursday night following a setback in court earlier in the day.
New York City officials say a police sergeant who was interviewed in the case of an accused multi-million dollar madam has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Anna Gristina is facing just a single charge of promoting prostitution, but she’s being held on $2 million bail. On Monday, her lawyer offered more than legal advice. He offered his own ritzy home to secure her release.
A newspaper photo features accused Upper East Side madam Anna Gristina perched on the lap of a smiling bodyguard. Her arm is draped over his broad shoulders. It’s a photo that is now sending shock waves through law enforcement.
“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.
More is being learned about the accused East Side madam, and how she ran her alleged brothel. A former madam says accused Anna Gristina had a reputation for offering a rotating cast of beautiful young women — from the UK and Europe.
Prosecutors say 44-year-old Anna Gristina has been working as a high-class madam for more than 15 years, amassing millions of dollars and dozens of high-profile contacts around in the world in the process.
Police say the 30-year-old south Jersey woman wrote in the message that she was being held against her will. Her brother called authorities in south Jersey, who notified Hackensack police.
The Department of Correction said Imam Aziz-Ud Bin Bilal was suspended without pay.