EDELSTEN’S EX IN SEX ROMP TRIAL

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - SARAH BLAKE IN NEW YORK

GABI Grecko’s life in Aus­tralia and racy In­sta­gram feed were un­der close scru­tiny yes­ter­day, as the one-time wife of dis­graced medico Ge­of­frey Edelsten took to the wit­ness stand in a New York po­lice cor­rup­tion trial.

Gabriella Cur­tis, as she is legally known, gave ev­i­dence for four hours about a mile­high sex romp al­legedly or­gan­ised as a favour to New York po­lice of­fi­cer of­fi­cers for spe­cial treat­ment.

The 29-year-old, who mar­ried Edelsten in 2015 then sep­a­rated but says she has re­cently re­united with him, said she had been a sex worker but stopped af­ter the “long­est week­end of my life”. She said she had been paid about $2000 for three days of sex-on-tap dur­ing a Su­per Bowl week­end at a Ve­gas ho­tel in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

Cur­tis then ex­plained she is now rap­per GLitta FoXX who earns “a lit­tle money” from her mu­sic. She said she stum­bled into sex work af­ter find­ing her­self al­most home­less in 2012.

It was a ca­reer choice she re­gret­ted, but not as much as her part in a front-page story in the New York Post with the head­line Quid Pro Ho.

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion from lawyer Su­san Necheles, for ac­cused busi­ness­man Jeremy Re­ich­berg, Cur­tis ad­mit­ted the re­port con­tained false claims about group sex on a pri­vate plane in 2013.

She said the de­tails were in­vented by the news­pa­per’s then chief po­lice re­porter, Shawn Co­hen, who was briefly her lover be­fore he lost 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 as part of the FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged cor­rup­tion by Re­ich­berg and his co-ac­cused, for­mer Deputy In­spec­tor James “Jimmy” Grant who both deny the charges. “I felt that I could help other fe­males who have ef­fec­tively been slut shamed,” she said. It wasn’t un­til four months af­ter the in­ter­view was pub­lished that Cur­tis read it and re­alised “half of it was un­true”. At this point she broke up with Co­hen. “I just got out of a re­la­tion­ship. I was alone in New York again and this was a per­son who seemed as though they cared about me as a friend,” she said. The de­fence showed the jury of 16 men and women some of the re­veal­ing out­fits on Cur­tis’s In­sta­gram feed and asked about life of “lux­ury and fame” when she lived in Aus­tralia. Ar­gu­ing that Cur­tis’s sub­se­quent, highly pub­li­cised re­la­tion­ship with Edelsten showed she was cap­i­tal­is­ing on the in­famy of her mile-high es­capades, Ms Necheles ques­tioned her about the re­veal­ing out­fit she wore in the Post ar­ti­cle. Cur­tis then asked if the de­fence was go­ing to ques­tion her on the “hun­dreds” of sim­i­larly racy pho­tos on her so­cial me­dia and ar­gued she chose her out­fits be­cause “I have some­what of a sense of hu­mour”. Cur­tis also de­nied her life with Edelsten was lux­u­ri­ous, telling the court he was “bank­rupt” when she met him on a “sugar daddy” web­site.

Gabi Grecko giv­ing ev­i­dence and (above) leav­ing court yes­ter­day. Gabrielle Cur­tis aka Gabi Grecko with Ge­of­frey Edelsten in 2015.

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