Greice Santo, a Brazilian model/actress who has been seen on “Jane the Virgin,” says that Canadian billionaire and owner of the Edmonton Oilers, Daryl Katz, offered her millions of dollars and a movie role in exchange for sex. Your fave’s pum-pum could never!
Santo says that she declined the advances, but in good faith, Katz still wired her two transactions totaling up to $35,000. According to Santo, this is typical Hollywood behavior.
“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.”
Santo says that she met Katz when she was flown to Hawaii for a photo shoot with Viva Glam Magazine. She was introduced to Katz by his cousin, a Canadian executive named Michael Gelmon. She was invited to Katz’s hotel suite at the Four Seasons after being promised he could help her acting 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 said, adding that he told her, “This would help your family and help you so you won’t struggle.”
When asked what she would have to do for the money, Santo said that Katz told her, “I’m looking for companionship and sex.”
Santo says that she refused and walked out. The next day she text the Viva Glam CEO, “Offered me money… I didn’t get offended… You have to play the game.”
She says that when she returned to Los Angeles, Katz and his cousin continued to text her. She even received a text message from Katz calling himself her “Fairy Godfather.” In another message he offered her money again, saying, “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 meet with Katz, under the promise that he would not proposition her for sex.
“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 sent Santo $20,000 as a good faith gesture, they met again and he broke his promise after 30 minutes– he asked for sex. Santo says she again refused, saying “I am not a prostitute,” and left.
However, she maintained communication with both gentlemen. Gelmon wired her an additional $15,000 and asked for another meeting in March 2016. Eventually, word had gotten out that Santo had been talking to people about her encounters with Katz and Gelmon told her that Katz’s people could “make sure you don’t work in Hollywood ever again.”
The story gets juicier, though. Katz is accusing Santo and her husband, R.J. Cipriani, of trying to extort $3 million from him in exchange for their silence. Katz doesn’t deny meeting Santo, but claims she isn’t telling the complete story. In response to the extortion claims, Cipriani has filed a defamation suit against a crisis consulting firm hired to represent Katz, claiming that they’re going around spreading lies and tarnishing his reputation in an attempt to kill the story they’re trying to give to the New York Post.
“A media consultant can’t go around accusing people of crimes just to kill a story,” Cipriani’s attorney, Peter Gleason, told Variety.