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Alleged madam faces US bail hearing

The alleged madam of a multimillion-pound Manhattan brothel could get out of jail - if a judge approves a defence lawyer's plan to put up his own apartment as bail.

Anna Gristina is due in a New York court for a hearing on the unusual proposal.

The 44-year-old - a mother of four originally from Edinburgh - has been held on a 2 million dollar (£1.2 million) bail bond since her February arraignment.

One of her lawyers, Peter Gleason, says he will put up his 2.5 million dollar (£1.6 million) loft for the bond. He has also invited Gristina and her family to move in, with her under house arrest.

Prosecutors say the plan raises ethical questions.

Gristina is accused of providing prostitutes to wealthy clients for 15 years and building up law-enforcement contacts.

She has pleaded not guilty, claiming she was starting a matchmaking service.

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