Sun T. Fink, 62, appeared in Queens Supreme Court Wednesday on charges of promoting prostitution, the New York Post reported.
Fink was initially arrested in November along with 19 others after an investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office allegedly uncovered evidence that Somad Enterprises Inc. is a prostitution ring.
The Post said Fink, who claims that she cannot speak English, missed a number of court dates because she was allegedly sick with cancer. However, an undercover officer posing as a client during a May 29 sting operation found that she was not ill.
"She was seen walking up and down three flights of stairs, to and from the brothel without the use of her cane or walker and speaking English," said prosecutor Peri Kadanoff.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter set Fink's bail at $250,000 and then addressed the suspect's fake cancer tale.
"Your client can win an Academy Award for her performance in this courtroom," Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter told Fink's attorney. "With the mask, the walker, can't barely stand up, her headaches -- its very easy to see why someone would think that a person is at death's door."
"Including myself," defense attorney Russell Rothberg was quoted as saying.
"I'm not blaming you, but you can't blame the DA when your client is Meryl Streep in the courtroom," Buchter told Rothberg.