Greice Santo, model & actor, alleges that Edmonton Oilers’ owner, Daryl Katz, twice lured her to his hotel room with the promise of helping her acting career. Santo later received two wire transfers totalling $35,000, despite the fact that she stated that she had spurned his advances.
Santo states that this is actually very common behaviour directed towards female actors seeking work, especially in Hollywood, but who are afraid to come out with their story. Therefore, she hopes that, rather than keeping silent, she hopes to help those women who are “not coming out at all because they are afraid to” and “to give courage and inspire so many girls who go through the same thing”.
The allegations against Katz were uncovered initially in a defamation lawsuit launched Monday by Santo’s husband, R.J. Cipriani. The defamation lawsuit was against a company that Katz had hired to do “damage control” and to help keep his reputation intact.
Furthermore, an alleged extortion plot was revealed. Cipriani, a professional gambler and F.B.I. informant maintains that Glenn Bunting of G.F. Bunting Co., was out to tarnish Cipriani’s reputation and Bunting was doing so in order to drop a story that the New York Post was about to publish about Katz.
In a confusing twist, Katz’s lawyers have made accusations against both Cipriani and Santo, claiming they attempted to extort $3 million from Katz. Meanwhile, Katz does not deny or confirm whether Santo’s allegations are true or not, but Katz has repeatedly insisted that some portions of her story have been “misconstrued”.
It is understood, that Cipriani had been a major source for the New York Post. Cipriani purports that Katz has damaged that relationship by hiring a firm to do “damage control” and “crisis management”.
The Post did not ultimately publish any story on Katz. If he were, indeed, conducting himself inappropriately towards Santo and it if turns out that she was, in fact, the victim of unwanted sexual advances by Katz, then it is highly likely that this story will be settled before the readership ever gets as far as to hear the actual truth of the matter in a courtroom.
This article was written by Donna Murchie.