Variety A Brazilian actress-model is accusing an NHL owner and financier behind Silver Pictures of offering her “millions” of dollars and a movie role in exchange for sex. The model, Greice Santo, who had a recurring role in “Jane the Virgin,” alleges that she was twice lured to the hotel room of Daryl Katz, the Canadian billionaire who owns the Edmonton Oilers, with promises that he could help her acting career. Santo says that although she spurned Katz’s advances, she later received two wire transfers totaling $35,000. In an interview, she said that such behavior is typical in Hollywood. “This is so common, but most girls and women — they are afraid of coming out,” Santo told Variety. “I feel like me coming out will give courage and inspire so many girls who go through the same thing I go through.” The allegations were first disclosed in a defamation lawsuit filed Monday in New York by Santo’s husband, R.J. Cipriani, against a crisis consulting firm hired to represent Katz. Cipriani, a professional gambler and FBI informant, alleges that Glenn Bunting, president of G.F. Bunting & Co., tarnished his reputation in order kill a story about Katz in the New York Post. Katz’s attorneys have accused Cipriani and Santo of attempting to extort $3 million from Katz as the price for keeping quiet. Katz does not deny meeting with Santo, but has alleged that some elements of her story have been misconstrued. In addition to airing sordid details from the entertainment world, the lawsuit also spotlights the role of crisis consulting firms, which are often hired to clean up damaging stories for wealthy clients. Cipriani portrays himself as a longtime reliable source for the New York Post. In the suit, he accuses Bunting of damaging his relationship with a New York Post editor by accusing Cipriani of extortion, which Cipriani denies. The Post ultimately did not run a story on Katz. “A media consultant can’t go around accusing people of crimes just to kill a story,” Cipriani’s attorney, Peter Gleason, told Variety, adding that publications have become increasingly gunshy in the wake of the Hulk Hogan lawsuit, which bankrupted Gawker. “Everybody is running scared,” he said. The story begins in November 2015, when Santo was flown to Hawaii to participate in a photo shoot for Viva Glam magazine. While there, she was introduced to Canadian executive Michael Gelmon, who suggested she should meet his cousin, Daryl Katz. According to a handwritten statement filed with the lawsuit, said she was invited to Katz’s hotel suite at the Four Seasons with the promise that he could help her career. “Katz said he could put me in a big role that would change my life and then switched the conversation and said he rather give me money,” Santo wrote. According to Santo, Katz said, “I’m talking about millions… This would help your family and help you so you won’t struggle.” Santo said she asked what she would have to do in exchange, and was told, “I’m looking for companionship and sex.” Santo said she refused and walked out. The next day, she sent a text to the CEO of Viva Glam recounting the incident: “Offered me money… I didn’t get offended… You have to play the game.” She also said it appeared Katz had been drinking. Afterward, she said Gelmon was apologetic and continued to text her after she returned to Los Angeles. In one message, Gelmon sought to arrange another meeting with Katz. She tried to deflect him by sending a photo of a Mexican model. “There is no shortage of super modles (sic) who want to be with my cousin,” Gelmon wrote. “But he is very picky and she does not meet his standards. He prefers u.” She also got text messages from Katz, who introduced himself as her “Fairy Godfather.” The subject turned to money, and she suggested he make a charitable donation. “To the extent we see each other I would prefer to give you money,” he wrote. “Whatever you decide to do with it is your choice.” Santo agreed to another meeting with Katz at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. “As long as you are willing to help me forge those relationships which could dramatically help my career that would be great,” she wrote to Katz. “Thank you so much.” Katz responded: “With pleasure.” Katz offered to send her $20,000, which Gelmon wired to her account shortly before the meeting. In her statement, Santo described the payment as a “good faith gesture.” By text, Santo asked Gelmon if he could arrange a meeting with Joel Silver, chairman of Silver Pictures, “or one of the casting directors from his company to try to get in to any film or tv project he’s doing.” Gelmon said there would not be enough time, but that he would “start the process.” Silver Pictures has recently produced the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise, “The Nice Guys,” and the forthcoming George Clooney-directed “Suburbicon,” starring Matt Damon. Santo said in the statement that she was assured by Gelmon that Katz would not proposition her again. However, after 30 minutes of talk about helping her career, Santo said that Katz again proposed paying her for sex. Santo said she again refused, saying “I am not a prostitute,” and left. However, she continued to maintain the relationship. In a text message soon after the meeting, she wrote, “Hey. Wish we could’ve had dinner together. And spend more time. You are a very sweet and kind man. Thanks so much for your kindness.” She continued to text with him sporadically for the next couple of months. According to Santo, Gelmon wired her an additional $15,000 and asked for another meeting at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills in March 2016. She said she did not go to the meeting. Santo also said that Gelmon called and threatened her when word got back to him that she had been talking about her encounters with Katz. The call was recorded, and Gelmon can be heard telling her that Katz’s people could “make sure you don’t work in Hollywood ever again.”
It’s a story as old as Hollywood, Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz owns the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and also a finances movies is accused of offering Brazilian actress Greice Santo millions of dollars for sex, while Katz and his lawyers are accusing Santo and her husband of attempting to extort $3 million from the Canadian billionaire in exchange for keeping this story out of the media. The two clearly had some sort of relationship, Daryl Katz probably did want to have sex with Greice Santo, and billionaires usually get what they want. Greice Santo at least entertained the idea, or tried to find a way to make the situation benefit her, because of the flirty texts she sent back to Katz and the fact that she did not cut off all communication with him immediately. While Daryl Katz probably should not have tried to pay Greice Santo for sex, Greice Santo is clearly a gold digger who is trying to get a payday, possibly by means of extortion. Daryl Katz is a billionaire, he will probably go right back to doing what billionaires do, having sex with young gold digging models.
P.S. For millions of dollars, I would have just banged Daryl Katz and kept my mouth shut, and I’m not into guys. There is not a lot off the table if you are going to pay me a few million bucks.
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