Nursing Home Sued for Hiring Strippers for Residents
A Long Island, N.Y. nursing home is being sued for hiring male strippers from Chippendale’s to perform for elderly residents.
A lawsuit filed by the family of a 85-year-old Bernice Youngblood says the senior had to tip the strippers with her own money, which was supposed to be locked in a safe box at the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Bernice's son Franklin Youngblood discovered pictures of his mom stuffing dollar bills into a stripper's underwear during a visit in January 2013, reports the New York Post.
The Youngblood's lawsuit states that Bernice, who has partial dementia, was "photographed by nursing home staff as a muscular, almost nude male dancer gyrated in front of her."
“I felt terrible,” Bernice told CBS New York. “I was shaking and going on, and he told me what to do.”
Franklin said he spoke to a facility nurse, who tried to grab the picture (above), about the shenanigans, claims the lawsuit.
“There’s too much sex and craziness that’s going on. Now they’re bringing it to the nursing home, and it don’t belong here,” Franklin told CBS New York.
A nurse allegedly told Darrell Youngblood, another son of Bernice, that the strip show was an “entertainment event” for the residents.
“Hiring male strippers to perform for the defendant’s nursing-home patients was a serial occurrence,” states the lawsuit. “Bernice Youngblood has lived 85 years as a traditional Baptist, hard-working, lady ...and now she has been defiled."
However, Howard Fensterman, a lawyer representing the nursing home, claims the residents voted unanimously to have the stripper perform and the nursing home paid the $250 fee.
“There is nothing inappropriate about it, these are adults,” stated Fensterman.