There must have been a lot of sizzle at the upscale Penthouse Executive Club for an Oyster Bay man who is being sued for racking up a $46,000 tab at the West Side strip joint.

James Clooney and his friends accumulated the debt by buying food, drinks and private time with the strippers at the Manhattan club from May 2008 to December 2009, according to court papers.

"Although Mr. Clooney made some small partial payments from time to time ... there remains due ... $46,698.18," the club said in the suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

Calls to a Syosset phone number listed for Clooney went unanswered Friday. A person who answered the phone at the club Friday said no one was available to comment.

It's not the first time that the gentlemen's club has been in litigation.

In 2006, the club sued a Westchester man for an outstanding debt of $102,000, and a month later took a Manhattan man to court for failing to pay a $77,000 tab.

And in August, a former cocktail waitress filed a class-action suit, alleging that she and her co-workers weren't paid minimum wage or overtime. Penthouse Executive denied the allegations, and threatened to countersue for defamation if the case wasn't thrown out.

With Gary Dymski

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