Accused madam Anna Gristina walked out of a Manhattan courthouse Tuesday night, free for the first time since her February arrest. She was flanked by her husband and their 9-year-old son, who had arrived with a bouquet of red roses for his mother. (Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012)
The family friend who posted bond for an accused multimillion-dollar Manhattan madam is a New York executive recruiter who has been noted for her charitable efforts in Ecuador.
Court records made public Wednesday show Bonnie Lunt put up the money that got Anna Gristina out of jail after four months. Gristina was released Tuesday on $250,000 bond.
Lunt has specialized in putting women in high-level advertising jobs. She also is a director of a nonprofit disaster-relief group and has led its efforts to provide medical care and education in Azama, a village in Ecuador.
A possible phone number for her rang unanswered.
A suburban mother of four, Gristina is charged with running a high-end escort service. She has pleaded not guilty and says she was just starting a dating business.
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Published at 6:51 PM EDT on Jun 27, 2012
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