Edel­sten’s ex-wife in ‘three-day’ sex romp

The Advertiser - - CONFIDENTIAL - SARAH BLAKE NEW YORK

GABI Grecko’s life in Aus­tralia and racy In­sta­gram feed were ex­am­ined when she took the stand as a wit­ness in a high-pro­file po­lice cor­rup­tion trial yes­ter­day.

Gabriella Cur­tis, as she is legally known, gave ev­i­dence for four hours in a fed­eral trial, where she de­tailed a mile-high sex romp al­legedly or­gan­ised by a Jewish busi­ness­man and po­lice chap­lain as a favour to NYPD of­fi­cers for spe­cial treat­ment.

The 29-year-old, on-off wife of con­tro­ver­sial Mel­bourne medico Ge­of­frey Edel­sten told how she briefly worked as a pros­ti­tute but stopped af­ter the “longest week­end of my life”, when she was paid $2000 for three days of sex-on-tap at a Su­per Bowl week­end at a Ve­gas ho­tel in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

Wear­ing dan­gling fruit­loop ear­rings and a cor­duroy pale pink skirt suit she made her­self the day be­fore, Cur­tis ex­plained that she was now a rap­per who earns “a lit­tle money” with her mu­sic but whose main source of in­come is help­ing a New Jersey com­pany with in­voic­ing.

She told how she had stum­bled into pros­ti­tu­tion af­ter find­ing her­self al­most home­less in 2012. It was a ca­reer choice she re­gret­ted but not as much as she lamented tak­ing part in a front-page story in The New York Post with the head­line “Quid Pro Ho”. Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion from lawyer Su­san Necheles, ap­pear­ing for ac­cused Jeremy Re­ich­berg, Cur­tis ad­mit­ted the re­port con­tained false and graphic claims about group sex on a pri­vate plane in 2013.

She said the sor­did de­tails were in­vented with­out her con­sent by the news­pa­per’s then-chief po­lice re­porter, Shawn Co­hen, who would briefly go on to be her lover and lose his job over the story.

Cur­tis said she had only taken part in the July 2016 ar­ti­cle be­cause she wanted to pro­vide an “em­pow­er­ing” voice for women, af­ter she was iden­ti­fied in me­dia as part of the FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged cor­rup­tion from Re­ich­berg and his co-ac- cused, for­mer Deputy In­spec­tor James “Jimmy” Grant.

“I felt that I could help other fe­males who have ef­fec­tively been slut-shamed,” she said, say­ing she was up­set be­cause she felt “guys get away with any­thing” and “ev­ery­one is high-fiv­ing them”.

“I re­ally wanted to not be ashamed of my­self and to keep my head high.”

It wasn’t un­til four months af­ter the in­ter­view was pub­lished that Cur­tis read it and re­alised her story had been em­bel­lished and that “half of it was un­true”.

Pic­tures: ERIK THOMAS/NY­POST/JANE ROSEN­BERG

ON TRIAL: Gabi Grecko, or Gabriella Cur­tis, as she is legally known, leaves Man­hat­tan Crim­i­nal Court yes­ter­day, and in­set left, with Ge­of­frey Edel­sten in 2015, and in­set right, a court­room sketch of Cur­tis tes­ti­fy­ing.

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