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Judge warns no-show may result in hotel manager’s arrest

The manager of the Maidstone hotel in East

The manager of the Maidstone hotel in East Hampton has been charged with producing a live performance without a permit at The Living Room. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

A bench warrant will be issued for the manager of the Maidstone hotel in East Hampton Village if a representative from the corporation that owns the business does not appear in court next week to answer charges that an illegal burlesque show was held there.

Last month, East Hampton Town Justice Court Judge Lisa Rana allowed the allegations to be transferred from hotel manager Jakob Berlin to Lexington’s Lounge, the corporation that also owns The Living Room. The Living Room is inside the hotel on Main Street and was the site of the burlesque show, according to East Hampton Village Police.

Rana had set the arraignment for July 11, but when no defendant from Lexington’s Lounge appeared for the proceeding Rana adjourned the matter until July 25.

“I don’t have anybody here,” William Anderson, a Hampton Bays-based attorney representing Lexington’s Lounge, said when Rana was about to begin the arraignment.

Rana said she would postpone the arraignment but warned Anderson to have someone from the corporation in court on July 25 or the charges would revert to Berlin and a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest.

“If there’s not someone here by the next court date then I’m not going to grant the substitution,” Rana said.

Originally Berlin, 36, of East Hampton, had been charged with producing a live performance without a permit, violating the certificate of occupancy because the venue is supposed to operate as a restaurant, and failing to comply with a notice given by village code enforcement officials.

The charges were transferred to the corporation on June 6.

After the July 11 proceeding, Anderson said in an interview that Rana had not specified that there needed to be a representative of the corporation in court that day.

The allegations stem from an April 2 show at The Living Room featuring dancer Tara “Taradise” Bizub of New Jersey. She was not charged.

Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen Jr. said that after managers at the hotel were warned not to have the show, which officials saw promoted in an advertisement, Bizub was caught in the act by code enforcement personnel.

Larsen said live performances of any type are not allowed in the village without a permit.

“They’re not holding any more events there right now,” Anderson said of The Living Room.


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