Latest on the Accused New York Madam Arrest
One of the women accused of running a high-end brothel once appeared in a raunchy world wrestling contest
Jaynie Mae Baker, who has been on the lam since the arrest of her alleged business partner, soccer mom Anna Gristina, was a contestant in the 2005 WWE Raw Diva Search.
30-year-old Baker reached the semi-finals, according to the website imdb.com. The winner, Ashley Massaro, won $250,000 and went on to appear in Survivior China.
Baker is expected to surrender to authorities. She claims to work for a legitimate online dating service, VIP Life, catering to wealthy guys looking for love.
Meanwhile, her accused partner, Gristina, appeared in court Monday, looking haggard after more than a week behind bars in New York City. Her attorney took the unusual step of offering to put up his own $2.5 million Manhattan condo so she could make bail. But as of now she'll remain in jail.
"I have interviewed her extensively. I have met with her family. I feel so comfortable giving them access to my place, I want them to move in with me," said her lawyer, Peter Gleason outside court.
In the first look inside the second floor apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side that prosecutors say was a brothel catering to millionaires. The living room has a daybed with Ralph Lauren cushions. The bedroom has a platform bed, an old space heater, an old TV, and a nude painting on the wall. It certainly doesn't look like a high-end brothel fit for a millionaire.
Gristina denies being a madam, but an attorney representing a beautiful ex-call girl, Irma Nici, told Good Morning America Monday that his client was sent wealthy and famous men.
"Anna Gristina was providing prostitution services and would book Irma and other girls. Very high end who could afford $2,000 an hour, $5,000 for the evening. Well-to-do and in some cases quite well known," said the lawyer.