The Manhattan federal court NYPD corruption trial took a trip on the seamy side Thursday as an ex-prostitute took the stand to describe how she was hired to dress in a skimpy stewardess outfit on a private jet to Las Vegas and then had sexual activity with ex-deputy inspector James Grant.
Gabriella Curtis, 29, known as Gabi Grecko at the time of the trip in 2013, said that after the three-day Las Vegas Super Bowl weekend arranged by Grant’s co-defendant Jeremy Reichberg with five men altogether, she was unhappy Grant gave her only $1,200 to $1,500.
“The fact I was with multiple people . . . I thought it would be more,” she said, but Grant told her, “If our team had done better then we would have been able to give you more.”
Reichberg, 44, is charged with providing favors ranging from meals, gifts, and home repairs to the prostitute for Grant, 45, and other cops, in return for police escorts, entree to public events, assistance with gun permits and other perks.
Curtis, appearing in court in a short red-and-white candystriped skirt and spiked red high heels, said she was at loose ends in 2013, trying to make money to escape a bad relationship when she got into hooking through websites for “SugarDaddy.com and a Miami-based escort service.
She met Reichberg, a businessman from Borough Park in Brooklyn, at a bachelor party in a midtown hotel attended by 15 men where she performed sex acts, she said. He got her phone number, she testified, and later called her to arrange for the Las Vegas trip.
In addition to Reichberg and Grant, she identified another man on the trip as “Jona” — a reference to Jona Rechnitz, Reichberg’s partner and the government’s star witness in the case — who has previously testified about his efforts to corrupt cops, union officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
On the plane, she said, she gave oral sex to two or three of the men. She testified the group’s suite at the MGM Grand hotel had two rooms, and she stayed in one with Grant, but said her escort services were “for anyone who asked.”
Curtis, reportedly now engaged to an Australian, did an interview with the New York Post when the corruption story broke that included a revealing picture of her and purported salacious details of the trip.
She insisted that the interview was an effort to empower women, not a self-interested bid for celebrity. “I hoped I could help other females,” Grecko said. “While females are slut-shamed, men get high-fives. I didn’t do it to hurt anyone . . .I didn’t do it for fame.”
But the whole experience was a disaster, she said. The story, a tabloid sensation in New York City, was the “exact opposite of what I wanted and most of it wasn’t true,” she testified, with made-up details of events on the plane, and then the reporter dated her for a month before it ended badly.
If she does any more interviews, she said, she wants them to be “feminist” interviews. “I feel like I’m not even a person any more,” she said. “I feel like I’m just a hooker.”
On cross-examination, defense lawyers disputed her version of the trip and her credibility, confronting her with Instagram pictures she posted of the Post photo and other publicity after the story ran and inconsistent statements to the government about the trip.
The trial resumes on Friday.