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