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East Hampton burlesque case ends with guilty plea, $400 fine

The Maidstone in East Hampton Village.

The Maidstone in East Hampton Village. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

A representative of the corporation that owns a lounge inside East Hampton Village’s Maidstone hotel, where an illegal burlesque show was held, pleaded guilty Monday to most of the charges brought in the case and paid a $400 fine.

Tara Rothberg, manager of the Manhattan-based corporation, Lexington’s Lounge, pleaded guilty to producing a live show without a permit and failing to heed the warning of a code enforcement officer.

The plea was entered in East Hampton Town Justice Court before Judge Lisa Rana as part of a plea agreement in which another allegation was dropped. That charge was violating the certificate of occupancy because the venue is supposed to operate as a restaurant.

“Regrettably, this decision today means our guests will no longer enjoy the wonderful actress who graced our restaurant ever-so-briefly, bringing with her much joy and fun,” Rothberg’s attorney, William Anderson, said of the featured burlesque performer, Tara “Taradise” Bizub, in a prepared statement from Rothberg to reporters following the proceeding.

Anderson, who has an office in Hampton Bays, added that Rothberg is pleased at the prospect of a better relationship with East Hampton Village officials.

According to a police report, the event occurred April 2 at The Living Room. Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen Jr. said the managers were warned after officials saw the show announced in an advertisement, and Bizub, of New Jersey, was caught in the act by code enforcement personnel.

No live performances are allowed in the village without a permit, Larsen said.

Rothberg’s appearance and plea in court Monday prevented Rana from issuing a bench warrant for Maidstone manager Jakob Berlin of East Hampton. Originally, the charges were brought against Berlin, but Rana agreed to have them transferred to Lexington’s Lounge. When no corporation representative appeared at a July 11 arraignment, Rana warned that the charges would revert back to Berlin and a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest if a defendant from Lexington’s Lounge did not appear in court Monday.

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