Illegal burlesque show charges filed in April against a manager of The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton Village have been transferred to the corporation representing the restaurant involved.
Jakob Berlin, 36, of East Hampton, had been charged with producing a live performance without a permit, violation of the certificate of occupancy because the venue is supposed to be a restaurant and failing to comply with a notice given by village code enforcement officials.
The charges were transferred Monday to the corporation, Lexington’s Lounge, by East Hampton Town Justice Court Judge Lisa Rana.
The allegations stem from an April 2 show featuring Tara “Taradise” Bizub of New Jersey that was at the Maidstone’s restaurant, The Living Room. The Maidstone is a Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel in a 19th century building at 207 Main St.
Bizub, who according to her resume has been dancing for more than two decades and appeared as a body double in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a 2013 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was not charged.
Berlin was scheduled to enter a plea May 9 before Rana, but his attorney, William Anderson, of Bridgehampton, instead asked the judge to allow a corporate substitution so Berlin would not be charged.. When asked, outside of the courtroom, what would happen on the next court date of July 11, Anderson said he would be reviewing the documents presented by the prosecution and deciding what to do 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.
But the March 5 show went on and subsequent ads said performances would be held every first Saturday of the month. The next one was April 2, when police showed.