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Unique Dancers Milk Drugged Males for Huge Bucks in South Florida, Lawsuits Say

Final December, David Chapin was visiting the Miami space for a crusing regatta when somebody beneficial that he go to Playmates strip membership, an grownup leisure joint tucked between a storage facility and a recording studio off Chicken Highway in Coral Gables. Round 8 p.m., he headed to the membership to take pleasure in a drink and some dances earlier than the crusing occasion the subsequent day.

Chapin recollects that he sat down at a bar contained in the full-nudity membership, subsequent to a scantily dressed unique dancer, and ordered a cocktail. He claims she invited him to a “VIP” room within the again, the place she promised a dance and cocaine to maintain the occasion going. He remembers following her.

What occurred subsequent that night on December 28, 2021, is a blur, he claims.

In a lawsuit filed in opposition to Triple Imaginative and prescient Inc. AKA Playmates Strip Membership, Chapin accuses the membership’s staff of dropping an “unknown substance” into his drink and drugging him to the purpose the place he was rendered incapacitated as $40,000 was racked up on two of his bank cards for dances, leisure charges, suggestions, cocktails, and different expenses. Chapin says that when he ultimately “got here to” the next morning in a room contained in the membership, his belongings have been scattered in every single place.

“His pants, jacket, cellphone, keys, and pockets have been unfold out on the ground,” the lawsuit, filed on September 30, reads. “He doesn’t bear in mind something that occurred after first arriving on the Playmates institution.”

What Chapin alleges within the lawsuit is nothing new, his legal professional, Gary Ostrow, claims. 

“It is a steady ongoing scheme, and we’re speaking about multiple membership,” Ostrow tells New Occasions. “And so they get away with it on a excessive scale. It is unbelievable.”

Over the previous a number of years, Ostrow has represented a handful of males in instances throughout South Florida who declare dancers at native strip golf equipment plied them with ketamine, MDMA or different medication whereas tens of 1000’s of {dollars} have been charged on their bank cards. He claims many of those instances get swept underneath the rug and are not litigated as a result of the lads really feel humiliated or are married and concern publicizing the rip-off.

As for Playmates, the membership’s former proprietor Richard Stanton says the accusations are demonstrably false. He says that on that raucous December night time, Chapin personally licensed the fees in cellphone conversations along with his bank card firms — calls which have been documented in a membership supervisor’s notes.

Stanton, who additionally occurs to be an legal professional, says he personally met with Chapin to debate the invoice and that Chapin’s story was fairly totally different at the moment. For one, Chapin did not declare to have been drugged, in response to Stanton. The shopper was as a substitute fearful about expenses exhibiting up on his company bank card and made a deal to wire the membership a piece of the invoice in trade for reversal of these expenses, Stanton recollects.

In response to a requirement letter Ostrow despatched in February laying out the accusations, Stanton wrote that “there could also be some hyperbole in my response, however contemplating the info, in addition to the legislation, your… letter might include essentially the most ludicrous accusations we now have ever acquired.”

Stanton additionally emphasised, seemingly in response to Chapin’s point out of cocaine use, that the membership has its anti-drug coverage plastered on posters throughout its partitions. “I guarantee you the enterprise does simply high-quality with out permitting that kind of exercise, which is clearly not solely unlawful however damaging to the membership,” Stanton argues.

Playmates was not too long ago offered to RCI Hospitality, AKA Rick’s Cabaret, a publicly traded firm with a big portfolio of grownup leisure venues.

Ostrow has fielded claims in opposition to strip golf equipment courting again to not less than 2017 when he took on the case of a consumer suing Vixen’s Gents’s Membership in Davie. The consumer claimed he awoke one morning from a night on the membership to seek out he had been charged $17,000 for drinks, leisure, and different companies. The person claimed that the cocktails served to him that night time have been “chemically altered” to get him looser along with his pockets.

That case resulted in October 2018 after the events reached a mediation settlement.

In 2020, Ostrow represented a person in a lawsuit in opposition to Scores Palm Seaside, during which the person accused dancers of shopping for costly bottles of champagne and charging $46,000 and $24,000 on two of his credit score strains whereas he was “extraordinarily intoxicated.” The person, who additionally claimed to have been drugged, says he awoke at 10:30 the subsequent morning within the membership, completely confused and surrounded by topless ladies, along with his belongings scattered round him.

Scores maintains the client’s claims, which have been filed in Palm Seaside County court docket, are frivolous.

“When the enjoyable was over, plaintiff had consumers’ regret and is now searching for the return of cash that he spent for leisure companies which he acquired, in an try to extort [Scores] with salacious allegations of being drugged,” Scores’ movement to dismiss states.

Ostrow is not representing the plaintiff within the Scores case. Lately, two extra males joined the pending Palm Seaside County lawsuit, saying they have been victims of comparable scams at Scores.

Filed in Miami-Dade County court docket, the latest lawsuit in opposition to Playmates, just like Ostrow’s previous instances, alleges that the membership and its staff “dimension up” clients, goal seemingly wealthy males or vacationers, and drug them earlier than charging exorbitant quantities of cash on their bank cards.

In every of Ostrow’s instances, the bank card firms refused to reverse or refund the fees, citing the truth that the lads have been current on the venues the place the payments have been accrued.

The alleged scams are paying homage to the high-profile saga of a gaggle of dancers from a New York strip membership, additionally named Scores, who have been criminally charged with drugging and scamming rich clientele. The story impressed the film Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez and Belcalis Almanzar, higher recognized by her stage identify Cardi B.

Stanton tells New Occasions that earlier than Ostrow got here knocking, Playmates had by no means been sued over something like this. He claims it seems that a number of the allegations from Ostrow’s previous lawsuits are being recycled and used within the case in opposition to Playmates.

“We’re going to combat these allegations to the top,” Stanton says.



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