Anna Gristina to face trial Oct. 15, likely without alleged sidekick
Alleged "Soccer Mom Madam" Anna Gristina will go to trial on Oct. 15 after a Manhattan judge on Thursday refused to throw out the prostitution charge against her.
Gristina's co-defendant and alleged partner, Jaynie Mae Baker, wasn't in Manhattan state Supreme Court alongside Gristina as originally scheduled after Baker likely struck a deal with prosecutors earlier this week that will keep her out of jail.
"I believe there was [a plea deal] because she's not here today," Gristina's lawyer, Norman Pattis, said after court. "I'm preparing my cross-examination. ... I'm unaware of any evidence that she has that hurts my client."
Pattis added that Gristina, 44, wouldn't consider a plea deal because of the risk of deportation to her native Scotland for admitting to a crime of moral depravity.
"Ms. Gristina is going to trial," he said.
Gristina, who was bailed out in June after spending four months in jail, and Baker are accused of running a multimillion-dollar prostitution ring out of an East 78th Street apartment.
Both women have denied the allegations, saying they were running a legitimate dating service. Baker's attorney didn't return requests for comment.