The mother of four who allegedly made millions of dollars running a high-end brothel out of an Upper East Side apartment building apparently loves pigs—so much so that her Facebook profile picture is one. DNAinfo reports that Anna Gristina kept wild and rescue pigs, from pot-bellies to wild boars, on her two-story farmhouse in Monroe. When Gristina was arrested last month she was helping to coordinate a rescue of 59 pigs from Florida. "She's a real lover of animals," Lana Hollenback of the Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center, a group from Tennessee that worked with Gristina online. "We knew she was a very private person with her business, but this was really a shock to us."
A judge set Gristina's bail at $2 million earlier today. “There are certain high wealth individuals, friends and business associates, who have an interest in not having this case go forward and would help her flee,” Assistant DA Charles Linehan said. Gristina's husband, Kelvin Gorr, told the Daily News, "We are just a great family... and my wife means everything to me. I feel heartbroken." Gristina has pled not guilty, and her next hearing is on May 3.
Sources close to the DA's investigation told The Post that Gristina's clients "included powerful politicians, top-law enforcement, influential lawyers, bankers, entertainment execs and Fortune 500 businessmen, as well as several ultra-wealthy European clients." Some tenants near the building-turned-brothel on the Upper East Side said that it was quiet and attracted no attention.
But the owner of a restaurant across the street told the Post, “I see people in and out coming over here . . . sometimes many in one day...I always see young fashionable women, always under 30 . . . They don’t live here.’’