'Millionaire Madam' Anna Gristina Plans to Write Tell-All Book
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — It'll be the next best thing after her little black book.
"Millionaire Madam" Anna Gristina promised to pen a tell-all tome about her roller-coaster trip through the city's criminal justice system.
The soccer mom — who was formally sentenced to six months in jail in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday, which amounts to time served — as well as five years probation, hinted that her literary future might be scathing for prosecutors.
As she left the courthouse Tuesday, Gristina called the Manhattan DA's office "more corrupt than the mafia."
But Gristina, a mother of four who lives on farm in Monroe, New York, continued to have reservations about her guilty plea on Sept. 25, which could mean deportation for the Scottish national, her lawyer, Norman Pattis said.
“It was a close call,” said Pattis, after the brief sentencing hearing before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan. "It was a very difficult decision and until the penultimate moment, it was an an open question about whether or not she would go to trial."
"Sometimes people get great deals for being state's witnesses, for being a rat...Ms. Baker decided to flip and roll over on a friend to get a deal," he said.
Baker, he said "gets a slap on the wrist and my client gets a felony conviction and faces possible deportation."
Gristina, wearing khaki pants and a black and white cowl neck sweater, exchanged whispers with her lawyer after he asked for a few final moments to confer with his client about the deal during the hearing.
In the end, Pattis told Merchan, they would “rely on the promised sentence.”
Gristina, who appeared in good spirits, declined to say anthing during the hearing, telling the judge “It’s probably better, you honor, that I don’t.”
She was taken out of the court in handcuffs, for final processing — and was released, without her court-ordered ankle bracelet this afternoon.
“There is nothing glamorous about prostitution. Anna Gristina rented women’s bodies for profit, which makes her a pimp," said Erin Duggan, spokesperson for the Manhattan DA's office, in a statement. "That also makes her a felon, and the court has now issued that judgment. She has no one to blame but herself for her decisions.”
Pattis, meanwhile, also had some acerbic words for the Manhattan prosecutors, saying the DA has a "gutless office."
"They make inflamatory accusations in public court and then don't prove a g----amn thing they alleged," he said. "They send an undercover cop in with taxpayer money to set this woman up and they called her madam to the stars. I never saw an ounce of proof."
After her arrest in February, Gristina spent months on Rikers Island, trying numerous times to have her bail, initially set at $2 million, reduced. She was finally released in June.
DNAinfo.com New York broke the story in March that Gristina lived a double life as a soccer mom who ran a premium escort service out of an East 78th Street apartment.
Prosecutors originally billed the Gristina probe as a public corruption case, claiming they had wiretaps where they heard Gristina boasting of high-profile johns at the bordello she was supposedly running out of an Upper East Side apartment and of having close contacts among cops who were protecting her.