May 20, 2004 09:30am
Yeah, But Did He Get Laid?
by: Company Press Release
(NEW YORK, NY) -- A New York insurance executive is suing a Manhattan strip club after a champagne-fueled night of lap-dancing left him nursing a 28,000-dollar bill.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Mitchell Blaser, 53, said the management at the Scores club had added bogus charges to his American Express bill, which he claimed should have been in the region of 2,000 dollars.
Blaser's lawyer, Leonard Zack, said the club had mistakenly banked on the idea that his client -- the chief financial officer of Swiss Re's American unit -- would be too embarrassed to pursue the matter in court.
"It's a swindle, and they probably do it to a lot of people who don't want to do anything," Zack told the Daily News.
Scores spokesman Lonnie Hanover insisted Blaser had "partied like a rock star" with two of his friends.
The final credit card bill included 16,000 dollars for five bottles of Clos de Mesnil champagne, 7,000 dollars for table dances and stripper tips, 1,000 dollars for food and other drinks, and a 4,000-dollar staff tip.
"If you want to live like Colin Farrell, you have to pay for it," Hanover told the New York Post. "The 28,000-dollar bill is totally legitimate."
In his lawsuit, Blaser claimed Scores security personnel had intimidated him into signing a bill for 8,615 dollars. Days later, he said, he discovered that his credit card had been charged three more times.