Beauty and the Big Shots

The Sexcapades and Politics Behind New York’s Bogus Catholic Museum

Without denying any of the specific personal expenses cited by the Voice, Malloy acknowledges that many were simply added to her salary. Malloy's explanation for the elaborate townhouse furnishings is that "the intent was that Cox would live up there," though he concedes the organization was also paying for her apartment. Malloy says some of the elaborate furnishings "are in storage and some are still at the museum," but he did not deny that others wound up in Cox's Jersey home.

Malloy also points out that Cox was paid $125,000 in 2000 and that, if her salary were averaged out over the past six years, she would have made only a reasonable $72,000 a year. But this analysis ignores thousands in "deferred compensation" paid her—as much as $78,483 in 1998 alone—as well as the fact that her many personal expenses were not added to her salary prior to 1999.

In addition, Parker, Walker, and Marmo, supported by several other sources who asked not to be identified, have leveled a variety of sexual allegations at Cox and museum backers. The charges start with an admission. In the early days of the museum, Parker says she got Prince Albert of Monaco to allow the use of his name as an honorary trustee during a prolonged affair with him in the early '90s. The relationship is extensively described in a 1998 book, The Royal House of Monaco, published by St. Martin's Press—including a description of a four-day skinny-dipping trip to Texas taken by Albert, Parker, and Cox.

Miss Liberty: National Museum of Catholic Art director Christina Cox
photo: courtesy of Angela Marmo
Miss Liberty: National Museum of Catholic Art director Christina Cox

Parker also says she convinced a millionaire businessman she was dating, Arthur Altschul, to give $5000 to the museum through a small foundation he controlled, the Overbrook Foundation. The 1993 grant, which is listed on museum financial statements, helped finance a Cox and Parker trip to Rome. Informed of Parker's recollections, neither Altschul nor the prince responded. The minutes of a 1993 museum board meeting contain a discussion of attempts to hold a fundraiser at Altschul's or Guccione's home.

Parker, who shared her apartment with Cox in 1994, says she was introduced to Cox two years earlier by a businessman "boyfriend" of Parker's who contributes to the museum to this day. Cox allegedly drew her into the museum effort, persuaded her to pay for thousands in museum-related expenses, and encouraged her to get support for herself and the museum from "generous playboys" that the swinger Parker freely admits she knew. Though Parker concedes that she hardly needed encouragement, she says Cox "would dangle me in front of men, put me out there" as part of the effort to win patrons for the museum.

Museum trustees Malloy, Xenophon Galinas, Ed McGuinn, and Lee Iacocca have allegedly had intimate relationships with Cox, according to Parker and, in some cases, a variety of sources. All but Malloy have denied it. Asked if he'd ever had "a romantic or sexual relationship" with Cox, Malloy declined to answer. "She's a very, very good friend" who's done "a great job" with the museum, he said. When the Voice asked Malloy if Cox had relationships with the other trustees, he said he didn't know.

Cox refused, through a spokesman and during a brief phone conversation, to talk to the Voice, ascribing the allegations to "disgruntled employees out to get me." Parker is the only one of the ex-employees who has a pending action against the museum—seeking $100,000 in back pay and damages.

Each of the four trustees reputedly tied to Cox has played a pivotal role at one point or another in the evolution of the museum. None has been more important than the married Malloy, whose frequent visits with Cox to the legendary loft bedroom were off-limits to staff, according to Walker, Marmo, and others who worked at the townhouse. While a half dozen museum sources have described the longtime personal ties between the two, Walker offered the clearest proof.

A seasoned nonprofit professional who talked to the Voice only because of her deep concern about Cox's misconduct, Walker traveled in February 2000 to Mar-A-Lago, the Palm Beach resort estate owned by Trump, with Cox and her then 10-year-old son, Patrick. "We saw Eddie in Miami first and had dinner with him and some construction guys," says Walker. "Then we went ahead to Mar-A-Lago and stayed in a beautiful, two-bedroom cottage. When Eddie got there the next day, Patrick moved out of Christina's bedroom and into mine. Eddie and Christina stayed together in the same room. We stayed there four days or so and flew back on Trump's plane.

"They said they'd been there several times before. The staff seemed to know them very well and referred to Christina as Mrs. Malloy. Trump even joined the four of us for a meal. Everything was paid for by Trump, except our airfare down, our hotel room in Miami, and a few incidentals, which were paid for by the museum."

Malloy acknowledges that Cox and he made "two or three" joint visits to Mar-A-Lago. Asked if he and Cox slept in the same room, he said, "I'm not going to comment on that." Malloy confirms that the Trump stay was gratis and justifies the museum expenditure by noting that Cox, her son, and Walker visited the nearby Norton Museum that had a Vatican exhibit. (Walker says this is untrue.) Malloy, who is such a church pillar that he was grand marshal of this year's Saint Patrick's Day Parade, has, by his own account, helped steer $200 million in union loans into Trump projects in New York, plus $13 million for the renovation of Mar-A-Lago.

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