Brazilian actress Greice Santo, who previously had a recurring role on The CW’s Jane The Virgin, has just dropped some bombshell revelations in an exclusive interview with Variety. In her interview, she alleges that an NHL owner tried to barter for sex with the gorgeous Brazilian actress by offering millions of dollars and movie roles. She also told Variety that this type of ‘behavior is typical in Hollywood’.
The NHL team owner at the center of this scandal is Canadian billionaire and Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz who resides in Edmonton, Alberta. According to Forbes, Daryl Katz is the 12th richest person in Canada and the 543rd wealthiest person worldwide.
Why is this story coming out now? It’s apparently tied to a defamation of character lawsuit filed in New York this week by Greice Santo’s husband, a professional gambler and FBI informant, who is alleging a crisis management firm is muddying his reputation in order to kill an article in the NYPost about Daryl Katz.
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.
I highly suggest reading up on the full exclusive over on Variety because this is one of the more fascinating lawsuits/scandals I’ve come across in 2017.
The NHL isn’t exactly known for scandals from its owners, not in the way the NFL (Jerry Jones) and the NBA (Donald Sterling) are. So it will be interesting to see how NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman handles one of his highest profile billionaire owners getting involved in a lawsuit involving cash for sex with a Hollywood actress.
As I mentioned in the beginning, Greice Santo had a recurring role as ‘Blanca’ on The CW’s Jane The Virgin, a show that’s won a Golden Globe already and has been nominated for numerous other awards. If you’re not familiar with Greice Santo, here’s a quick glance at what you can find by checking out her pretty spectacular @greicesanto Instagram feed:
Again, I implore you to check out the full scanal over on Variety by following that link because it gets even weirder!