Anna Gristina in Talks About Pig Rescue Reality TV Show
MANHATTAN — She could be living high on the hog.
Gristina, 44, who was bailed from jail Tuesday night after being held at Rikers Island for four months, has been heavily involved in the rescue of pot-bellied pigs and keeps several of the porkers on the farm she shares with her family in upstate Monroe.
In fact, she was coordinating the rescue of 59 pot-belly pigs from Florida when she was arrested and accused of running a high-end brothel on the Upper East Side, according to the Tennessee-based Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center.
According to the sources, reps for Gristina have been in talks with reality TV producers about her rescue work.
The show would be filmed in part on her farm, where she lives with her husband and her children.
It was not immediately clear how far the talks, which have been going on for a while, have progressed or which TV station is involved.
Gristina's Facebook page featured numerous pictures of pigs, including her profile picture.
Those who knew her in the rescue community said she would even take the pigs to old age homes to cheer up the residents.
Her husband, Kelvin Gorr, told DNAinfo.com New York that Gristina was anxious to see her pigs as she sat in jail last week waiting for her legal team to arrange her bail package.
According to neighbors, pigs would roam Gristina's property, which had no fence.
She owned at least one pig, had rescued two or more from Texas recently and was fostering several others for the Ross Mill Farm & Piggy Camp.
A boar even chased a police officer around the property when investigators arrived there to search her house.
Gristina and her alleged accomplice, Jaynie Mae Baker, who has been free on $100,000 bail, had held a fundraiser for the non-profit Shelby Shelter at a club in the West Village.
Gristina is accused of running a brothel out of an East 78th Street apartment, allegedly raking in millions of dollars over a 15-year period as she catered to a cadre of powerful men.
She allegedly bragged that she had powerful law enforcement connections who would tip her off if her operation was being investigated, sparking the interest of the public corruption unit in the District Attorney's office.
Gristina was picked up by investigators on Feb. 22 after meeting with a Morgan Stanley banker about expanding her business.
Probers grilled her about a group of powerful alleged male associates including a banker and lawyer, but she refused to say anything, according to court documents.
Until recently, Gristina had been held on $2 million bail and tried several times unsuccessfully to get that amount reduced.
But a state appeals court lowered bail to $250,000 bond or $125,000 cash.
Family friend Bonnie Lunt, an Upper East Side philanthropist, pitched in to foot the bond.
Family attorney Peter Gleason could not immediately be reached for comment.
"I am not participating in any discussions about this topic," said Gristina's defense lawyer, Norm Pattis.