Greice Santo, a gorgeous Brazilian model and actress, has accused Daryl Katz, the owner of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, of offering her millions of dollars and a movie role in exchange for sex.
Santo alleges that Katz, a Canadian billionaire and the financier behind Silver Pictures, promised to help her with her acting career in order to lure her to a hotel room. Santo says although she rejected Katz’s efforts, she still received two wire transfers totaling $35,000.
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.
Santo, who appeared in the first season of the critically-acclaimed television show Jane The Virgin, told the Hawaii Police Department that when she met Katz at a November 2015 photo shoot, he offered her money in exchange for sex.
Katz, 56, is the owner of the Oilers, co-founder of Silver Pictures entertainment, and the founder and chairman of Katz Group of Companies. Married with two children, Katz has a net worth of $4.14 billion. According to Forbes, Katz is the 12th wealthiest Canadian and 534th richest person in the world.