NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Angry brides who had their wedding dreams dashed by a dubious catering hall owner vowed to attend every court appearance and made good on their promise Thursday.
There was a showdown inside a Brooklyn courthouse as the women confronted reBar owner Jason Stevens for closing up shop and allegedly leaving them out thousands of dollars, CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported.
Jason Stevens, the owner of the now-shuttered venue at 147 Front St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn, had expected simply to appear before a judge in Kings County Criminal Court on unrelated charges. But he got an earful from his former customers.
“I’m sure your kids are very proud of you. You ruined how many people’s weddings?” one woman said.
“You keep staring at your lawyer all you want. If you think we’re not going to sue the living crap out of you, you’re wrong,” another woman told Stevens.
“We just want him in jail for stealing all of our money,” said bride-to-be Heather Epstein.
More than a dozen soon-to-be brides and grooms confronted Stevens, accusing him of stealing thousands of their hard-earned dollars meant for their weddings.
“To turn around and be a liar is just disgusting,” said bride Stephanie Kutch.
“They made us feel like it’s a one-stop-shop. He basically said, ‘I’ll give you a deal if you can pay in full,’ you know,” Kutch said. “And for two working class people, the money we had at the time saved — we said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We felt comfort.”
Bridge Injy Carpenter said she was out more than $18,000.
“It’s an amount that I would love to have every single penny back, but if I can’t get a dime, I want him to be in jail,” Carpenter said.