EDELSTEN’S EX IN SEX ROMP TRIAL
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.