No Bail Yet for Alleged Madam, Attorney Brings Up Possible Plea Deal

Anna Gristina, 44, is accused of running a pricey prostitution ring.

By Katherine Creag
|  Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 8:46 PM EDT
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    The accused madam of a multimillion-dollar Upper East Side brother remains behind bars after a judge did not grant her bail Thursday and declined to lower her $2 million bond.

    Anna Gristina was in court Thursday for a hearing where she also changed lawyers, dropping one who had offered his own $2.5 million Tribeca loft for her bond. Peter Gleason had also offered to have Gristina and her family move in with him.

    Gristina switched lawyers Thursday, hiring Gary Greenwald.

    The judge said he didn't hear a good reason from the defense to grant bail Thursday for Gristina, who has pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution. He also said her lawyers need to complete official paperwork before he can consider the Tribeca loft plan for her bond.

    Greenwald told the judge that he wants to meet with the district attorney's office to discuss a possible plea deal. He said later he just wants to find out what option she might have, and he'd do the same in any case.

    He cautions it doesn't mean she'll take a deal.

    Prosecutors didn't immediately respond.

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