Prostitute testifies on Giannini bribe; case extended for eviden - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Prostitute testifies on Giannini bribe; case extended for evidence

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Mark Giannini will be in court again Wednesday after his appearance was extended.

Giannini is in jail on rape, bribery and coercion of a witness charges.

The businessman was in court for a bond revocation hearing. He wants his $3 million bond reinstated.

The bond was revoked when prosecutors said Giannini, who was out on bond, tried to bribe a woman he is charged with raping.

Prosecutors called witnesses to the stand who said Giannini did offer a bribe.

"He said he would cut her a check for $150,000 if she did not testify," a witness said.

The witness testified that Giannini offered money to one of the women he was raping.

"I was supposed to get her to A: either not testify. B: get her on video either doing a date for money or drugs, or for her to say he did not rape her," she said.

She told the court she has known Giannini since she was 17 years old. Now 23, she admitted she is a drug addict using heroin and meth, and has been in jail for drugs in Shelby and Fayette County.

The witness said she frequently went to Giannini's Eads, TN, estate with other women to have sex with him for money.

"We knew Mark had a lot of money," she said. She said Giannini was an easy mark with unusual sexual tastes.

Clark Chapman, a private investigator Giannini’s attorney hired, told the court he met with several people Giannini knew who might be able to get information about a meeting with several of the witness' friends at an Applebee's Restaurant.

"Mark Giannini wanted me to go see what they know,” she said. “From what he was telling me, they had information and they were wanting to help. They might know something about this girl."

The witness testified that no one ever gave any money. The witness, however, testified that she and her friends never planned to help Giannini; they just wanted his money.

The court session was extended because the judge wants to hear a recording that was made of a meeting at Applebee’s.

The hearing will resume Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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