Nursing home sued for hiring strippers to cheer up residents
A New York nursing home is being sued after strippers were allegedly hired on a regular basis to cheer up elderly female residents.
The son of one resident is suing the East Neck Nursing Centre in West Babylon, Long Island, claiming that his highly religious mother was "violated" by the striptease performance.
Franklin Youngblood said in court papers that he visited his mother, Bernice, in January and was shocked to find a photograph of her stuffing dollar bills into a dancer's briefs. The act appeared to have taken place in the home's recreation room, with other residents looking on.
"Plaintiff Bernice Youngblood was placed in apprehension of imminent, offensive, physical harm, as she was confused and bewildered as to why a muscular, almost nude man, was approaching her and placing his body and limbs, over (her)," the lawsuit said. "Hiring male strippers to perform for the defendant's nursing-home patients was a serial occurrence."
Mr Youngblood's lawyer John Ray said: "Bernice Youngblood has lived 85 years as a traditional Baptist, hard-working lady. And now she has been defiled. We will be seeking at least a million dollars."
A nurse allegedly told Mr Youngblood that the strippers had been hired in "good faith" as an "entertainment event". But the suit alleges that the "vile" performance was staged "all for the perverse pleasure and enjoyment of the staff". (© Daily Telegraph, London)