Welp, Daryl Katz Has Been Accused Of Offering Financial Favours For Sex

And I thought it was going to be a casual Thursday! There’s an absolute ton going on in this developing story and I probably won’t say much given the game day blog was due in less than two hours ago and I seriously need to get on that, and I’d hate to put our company’s nearly immaculate relationship history with the Katz family in jeopardy over a bunch of “he said she saids.” But mother of holy prescription drugs, this is one mammoth story. Daryl out there channeling his inner Jerry Jones now that the boys are relevant and Connor’s putting defenseman into early retirement homes. It took us 10 years to get good and when we finally do our billionaire owner gets himself into a major public scandal. Been a long time since we Oilerzed.

For those who aren’t interested in reading the entire article (I don’t blame you, it’s sunny and +16 get to a goddamn patio and prep for tonight’s epic first round prelude immediately), the rundown is ALLEGEDLY(!!!!*****) this:

The story begins in November 2015, when Santo was flown to Hawaii to participate in a photo shoot for Viva Glam magazine. While there, she was introduced to Canadian executive Michael Gelmon, who suggested she should meet his cousin, Daryl Katz. According to a handwritten statement filed with the lawsuit, said she was invited to Katz’s hotel suite at the Four Seasons with the promise that he could help her 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 wrote. 

According to Santo, Katz said, “I’m talking about millions… This would help your family and help you so you won’t struggle.” Santo said she asked what she would have to do in exchange, and was told, “I’m looking for companionship and sex.” Santo said she refused and walked out. The next day, she sent a text to the CEO of Viva Glam recounting the incident: “Offered me money… I didn’t get offended… You have to play the game.” She also said it appeared Katz had been drinking. Afterward, she said Gelmon was apologetic and continued to text her after she returned to Los Angeles. In one message, Gelmon sought to arrange another meeting with Katz. She tried to deflect him by sending a photo of a Mexican model.

“There is no shortage of super modles (sic) who want to be with my cousin,” Gelmon wrote. “But he is very picky and she does not meet his standards. He prefers u.” She also got text messages from Katz, who introduced himself as her “Fairy Godfather.” The subject turned to money, and she suggested he make a charitable donation.

“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 another meeting with Katz at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. “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 offered to send her $20,000, which Gelmon wired to her account shortly before the meeting. In her statement, Santo described the payment as a “good faith gesture.” By text, Santo asked Gelmon if he could arrange a meeting with Joel Silver, chairman of Silver Pictures, “or one of the casting directors from his company to try to get in to any film or tv project he’s doing.” Gelmon said there would not be enough time, but that he would “start the process.”

Silver Pictures has recently produced the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise, “The Nice Guys,” and the forthcoming George Clooney-directed “Suburbicon,” starring Matt Damon. Santo said in the statement that she was assured by Gelmon that Katz would not proposition her again. However, after 30 minutes of talk about helping her career, Santo said that Katz again proposed paying her for sex. Santo said she again refused, saying “I am not a prostitute,” and left. However, she continued to maintain the relationship. In a text message soon after the meeting, she wrote, “Hey. Wish we could’ve had dinner together. And spend more time. You are a very sweet and kind man. Thanks so much for your kindness.” She continued to text with him sporadically for the next couple of months.

According to Santo, Gelmon wired her an additional $15,000 and asked for another meeting at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills in March 2016. She said she did not go to the meeting. Santo also said that Gelmon called and threatened her when word got back to him that she had been talking about her encounters with Katz. The call was recorded, and Gelmon can be heard telling her that Katz’s people could “make sure you don’t work in Hollywood ever again.”

So, okay. Obviously it’s very, very scummy to tell a person a meeting will be career-oriented and professional, then quickly change the conversation to what is essentially prostitution. Naturally don’t do that. If you’re going to make a cash offer for companionship and sex and stuff at least tell it up front and don’t disguise it by pretending you give one shit about her like six episodes on a show that we’ve only sort of heard of. I don’t know, I’m not rich. But if you’re Greice, naturally don’t take the second meeting if the first one went so sideways. And maybe you thought the offer would change. Maybe you thought he actually believed your glorified extra role on the CW’s 9th most watched show of 2016 could land you a big part in an upcoming Damon flick. AND, if the first two tries were a complete failure, why not give it a third try? Holy smokes. He never wanted your career to flourish, lady. I’m sorry I’m not sorry but rich dudes gonna rich dude. It’s the golden rule. Dammit, Greice. Did you honestly believe that a billionaire travelling to exotic parts of the globe invited the hot girl he never really met to his room because he wanted to talk some business? Really? Do you also believe the Tooth Fairy is real?

Have to admit though, Mike Gelmon spelling ‘models’ wrong was so good. Just picture him on his Blackberry rolling around with the Katz crew in limos and Escalades dishing emails and texts left and right to D-money’s sidies about all the other hot girls who only wish they could have one-way ticket to the Pound Pharmacy.

PS – DARYL!!!!!!!

PSS – Daryl referring to himself as the “Fairy Godfather” had me legit rolling. Could you imagine being poor and trying to pull that off? Can’t do it. Try that on Tinder or the next time you’re at the Pint and let me know how that goes. Fairy Godfather, my God. Good one, Daryl.

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