A mannequin claims she was drugged and scammed by a trans lady at an East Village membership, and that the hotspot — then owned by Madison Sq. Backyard — was in on it.
The alleged rip-off, now the topic of a Manhattan Supreme Courtroom lawsuit, was harking back to a string of druggings and robberies in homosexual nightclubs within the Huge Apple which left two males useless of overdoses, stated alleged sufferer Anna Tchorbadjiev, 25, who fashions beneath the identify Anna Alimani.
“Thank God I’m OK,” she stated.
Alimani was out for a drink with a pal on the Baccarat Lodge in Midtown when a buddy launched her to an acquaintance, Angela Acosta de Mastronardi, a younger brunette carrying a yellow Versace gown.
“We had been all chilling. It appeared very regular,” stated Alimani, an actual property dealer who has walked in Paris and New York vogue weeks and graced the covers of Harper’s Bazaar and a global version of Glamour. “I had no purpose to get suspicious of this particular person.”
Angela allegedly urged they proceed consuming at Little Sister Lounge, one among a string of high-end golf equipment reminiscent of Lavo, Marquee and others that’s a part of the Tao Group — which on the time was owned by Madison Sq. Backyard Leisure Corp. MSG Leisure not too long ago offered Tao Group to Mohari Hospitality for $550 million.
“She supplied to pay after which her card declined, and I used to be like, ‘Let me pay,’” recalled the Higher East Aspect resident, who whipped out her American Specific Black card.
About 5 minutes after her first sip of espresso martini, Alimani grew to become sick, closed the tab and rapidly left, she stated. Angela adopted, hopping within the cab together with her and even suggesting they cease “for water” at one other Tao Group joint, Lavo, Alimani stated.
Alimani checked her pockets and, realizing her bank cards had been lacking, confronted Angela.
Angela allegedly denied taking something till Alimani “grabbed her by the hair,” she stated, prompting the alleged scammer to drop them into the mannequin’s purse, she stated.
Angela then tried to comply with her into her constructing, Alimani claimed.
“I used to be like, ‘No manner, bitch, you’ll rob me blind.’ I needed to push her out of the elevator,” she stated.
She allegedly discovered two separate bank card prices from Little Sister: a $500 tip on the 2 drinks and one other $1,000 “tip.”
She reported the incident to the NYPD, the place a detective claimed Angela was really a person with a historical past of comparable cons in Las Vegas, Miami and New York.
Victims have been too embarrassed to come back ahead, the detective advised her. The NYPD stated no arrests have been made.
“That’s how individuals get away with this,” stated Alimani’s lawyer, Steve Legum. “In case you’re not going to complain, they’re not going to take these individuals out of circulation.”
Alimani is suing Madison Sq. Backyard Leisure for $1.5 million, claiming in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom papers that bar staff labored with the con artist and cut up the stolen money.
The alleged scammer couldn’t be reached for remark. MSG Leisure declined to remark. A Tao Group spokesman stated, “We’re cooperating on this matter with the NYPD, who’re investigating this problem.”