A June 6 court date has been set for a decision on whether illegal burlesque show charges filed against a manager of The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton Village can be transferred to the restaurant involved.
Jakob Berlin, 36, of East Hampton, is charged with a live performance without a permit, violation of the certificate of occupancy, and failing to comply with a notice given by village code enforcement officials.
The show, featuring Tara “Taradise” Bizub of New Jersey, was allegedly held April 2 at the Maidstone’s restaurant, The Living Room. The Maidstone is a Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel located in a 19th-century building at 207 Main St.
Bizub, who according to her resume has been dancing for more than 20 years and appeared in such films as “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which was released in December 2013 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, was not charged.
Berlin was scheduled to enter a plea Monday before East Hampton Town Justice Court Judge Lisa Rana. But his attorney, William Anderson of Bridgehampton, instead asked Rana to allow a corporate substitution, meaning it would be The Living Room that was charged, not Berlin.
Outside of court, Anderson said the prosecutor for the village, Brian J. Lester of Amagansett, had offered a deal to settle the matter. Neither Anderson nor Lester would disclose the terms.
Anderson said that once Rana rules on the defense request, “then we’ll enter a plea and figure out where to go from there.”
An East Hampton Village police report said police were sent to the hotel April 2 to check on “a possible village code violation.” When they got there the managers were told to stop the performance and the summonses were issued.
Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen Jr. said afterward in an interview that local officials learned about the show through local newspaper ads that publicized a March 5 burlesque show.
“Code enforcement then called them [hotel managers] on March 3” to warn them about having the show, Larsen said. He noted live performances of any type are not allowed in the village without a permit.
“Later we heard that it did take place and now they were advertising it for the first Saturday of every month,” Larsen said.
Larsen said there was also a certificate of occupancy violation because the venue is supposed to be a restaurant.
“The CO is for a restaurant, not a nightclub,” Larsen said.