NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Cardiologist Dr. Zyad Younan has filed a countersuit against Scores after refusing to pay an exorbitant tab of hundreds of thousands of dollars charged over three visits to the gentlemen’s club, claiming four strippers drugged him and robbed him.
Younan has also claimed Scores was in on the scheme, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Younan said he met Karina, the first of the four strippers who face criminal charges in the case, at a fancy restaurant. Karina told him she was a nursing student and proceeded to set up a later dinner date. They had three dates in all, and some evenings she brought along “Marsi” and “Samantha,” who she introduced as relatives.
Younan said the women spiked his drinks with drugs that put him in a semi-conscious state and caused him to lose all memory of even being at Scores when the strippers and the club took control of his credit card.
Younan said in the weeks after incurring the charges, all four strippers and Scores employees harassed him for payment and threatened to reveal video of him at the club.
Last month, Drug Enforcement Administration and NYPD investigators arrested four women — all described as professional strippers — on charges including grand larceny, assault, forgery and conspiracy, according to authorities.
A manager of a Queens gentlemen’s club was also arrested.
Authorities said the roundup followed an undercover investigation that found that the women joined in a scheme to rip off the men by drugging them with methylone, commonly known as “molly,” or other drugs, including ketamine, after arranging to meet them at upscale bars in New York and in Nassau County, Long Island. The impaired victims were driven to Scores, at 536 W. 28th St. in Chelsea, and to the RoadHouse NYC Gentleman’s Club in College Point, Queens. The men were charged for private rooms, expensive meals, drinks and other services, they said.
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In May, Scores sued Younan and he owed the club $135,303 for unpaid services. The doctor disputed the charges, saying he had no memory of being in the club and claimed he must have been drugged.
According to the lawsuit, the doctor said “he was drugged by plaintiff’s employees and thus did not authorize the charges” — a claim the club says is contradicted by security video showing him freely showing up there on four separate occasions.
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