The East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, Long Island, regularly hired “male strippers to perform” according to the lawsuit filed in the State Supreme Court in Suffolk County, Newsday reported. The lawsuit was filed on March 13.
The wheelchair-bound, 85-year-old, female resident who filed the lawsuit with her son told reporters this week that she did not know the male exotic dancer was going to be at the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “I felt really bad and ashamed,” she said. “That’s how I felt about it,” she said, wrote Newsday.
An attorney representing the nursing home said that a 16-resident committee unanimously voted for a male stripper to entertain residents in 2012. One dancer was hired to entertain and was paid $250 for his performance. The East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center paid the dancer, Newsday reported.
According to the lawsuit, one of the woman’s sons brought the lawsuit after finding a photograph of his mother inserting cash in the waistband of a male dancer wearing only white briefs. “The gentleman talked to me and he [told] me what he want done,” the woman said. Her son discovered the photograph around January 5th on one of his visits to his mother at the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, according to Newsday.
The photograph reveals other residents sitting next to the woman; the dancer is hovering over her. The son said, “My mother was upset, just like I was upset,” Newsday reported. He said he confronted staff at the nursing home and received no answers. “It’s wrong,” he said. “This is not the place for that.” He noted that when he tried to speak to a nurse about the matter, the nurse attempted to take the photograph away from him, according to the lawsuit. His brother telephoned a nurse on the same day and was told that the scene “depicted in the photograph was part of an entertainment event that was planned, scheduled, and executed” by the nursing home “and that it was done in good faith.” According to the lawsuit, the nursing home indicated that “it was a custom, practice, and policy” of the nursing home “to orchestrate such events willingly, and knowingly,” Newsday wrote.
Also according to the lawsuit, the woman who brought the lawsuit with her son, “lacks the mental and physical capacity” to competently care for and protect herself, adding that the facility breached its “duty of care by purchasing the services of male strippers and directing them to perform various sexually related acts … knowing that its patients did not have the physical or mental capacity to consent to such vile acts or to defend themselves against such vile acts,” Newsday reported. Her son described the event as “vile,” according to PIX 11, and said that the picture depicts a man who was grinding against his mother.