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Lawsuit: Male stripper did show at N.Y. nursing home

  • Attorney Howard Fensterman, representing the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, points to a newspaper article about the nursing home during a news conference, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by facility resident Bernice Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. Fensterman acknowledged the home hired the dancer, but said that Youngblood's attendance was voluntary. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Attorney Howard Fensterman, representing the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, points to a newspaper article about the nursing home during a news conference, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by facility resident Bernice Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. Fensterman acknowledged the home hired the dancer, but said that Youngblood's attendance was voluntary. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Bernice Youngblood, 85, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Bernice Youngblood, 85, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Bernice Youngblood, right, 85, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens as her attorney, John Ray, left, points to a photograph with his cane during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in West Babylon, N.Y. The photograph reportedly shows a male exotic dancer performing for Youngblood and other patients at the facility. With Youngblood are her sons, Darrell, center, and Franklin, second right.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Bernice Youngblood, right, 85, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens as her attorney, John Ray, left, points to a photograph with his cane during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in West Babylon, N.Y. The photograph reportedly shows a male exotic dancer performing for Youngblood and other patients at the facility. With Youngblood are her sons, Darrell, center, and Franklin, second right. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Bernice Youngblood, 85, center, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home with her granddaughter, Saniya Delgado and great-grandson Antonio, 2, left, and son, Darrell, right, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home a hired male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Bernice Youngblood, 85, center, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home with her granddaughter, Saniya Delgado and great-grandson Antonio, 2, left, and son, Darrell, right, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home a hired male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Bernice Youngblood, 85, seated, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home with her sons Darrell, left, and Franklin, center, and granddaughter, Saniya Delgado and great-grandson Antonio, 2, right, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Bernice Youngblood, 85, seated, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home with her sons Darrell, left, and Franklin, center, and granddaughter, Saniya Delgado and great-grandson Antonio, 2, right, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Howard Fensterman, center, representing the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, defends the nursing home during a news conference, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by facility resident Bernice Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Howard Fensterman, center, representing the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, defends the nursing home during a news conference, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by facility resident Bernice Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Attorney Howard Fensterman, representing the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, points to a newspaper article about the nursing home during a news conference, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by facility resident Bernice Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. Fensterman acknowledged the home hired the dancer, but said that Youngblood's attendance was voluntary. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • Bernice Youngblood, 85, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • Bernice Youngblood, right, 85, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens as her attorney, John Ray, left, points to a photograph with his cane during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in West Babylon, N.Y. The photograph reportedly shows a male exotic dancer performing for Youngblood and other patients at the facility. With Youngblood are her sons, Darrell, center, and Franklin, second right.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • Bernice Youngblood, 85, center, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home with her granddaughter, Saniya Delgado and great-grandson Antonio, 2, left, and son, Darrell, right, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home a hired male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • Bernice Youngblood, 85, seated, a resident of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, listens during a news conference on the lawn of the nursing home with her sons Darrell, left, and Franklin, center, and granddaughter, Saniya Delgado and great-grandson Antonio, 2, right, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • Howard Fensterman, center, representing the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, defends the nursing home during a news conference, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in West Babylon, N.Y. The nursing home hired a male exotic dancer to perform for its patients, according to a lawsuit filed by facility resident Bernice Youngblood in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

An 85-year-old woman with dementia had a male stripper gyrate in front of her against her will at her suburban New York nursing home, according to a lawsuit filed by her family, but the facility’s lawyer said yesterday the performance had been requested by its residents.

John Ray, the attorney for Bernice Youngblood and her family, said the woman’s son found a photograph of a man in white briefs dancing in front of his mother when he visited her in January 2013 at East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon.

The photo, which Ray distributed to reporters, shows Youngblood putting money into the dancer’s waistband. Ray said Youngblood had been urged to participate and did so against her will.

Franklin Youngblood, who attended the news conference outside the Long Island facility, said he immediately went to a nursing supervisor for an explanation. The lawsuit claims the nurse attempted to grab the photo from him.

Ray said Bernice Youngblood, who herself had worked as a health aide for the elderly when she was younger, had her dignity taken away when “nursing home employees subjected her to this disgraceful sexual perversion.”

Bernice Youngblood, who attended the news conference in a wheelchair with some of her relatives at her side, mumbled in a barely audible voice that she felt “terrible” and “ashamed” about what happened, but had no specific recollection of the details of the incident.

Ray said he has yet to determine who took the photograph, or how it got in the woman’s bedroom drawer.

Howard Fensterman, an attorney representing the facility, said a 16-member resident committee had requested the September 2012 performance and the nursing home paid the $250 fee.

Fensterman said the facility’s management reserves the right to reject a request by the residents’ committee, particularly if the activity were deemed detrimental.

“But in this instance these are adults who wanted to have this activity, they requested it, they voted on it and the nursing home approved of it,” he said.

The claims and counter-claims came during a sequence of heated news conferences outside the facility in West Babylon. Reporters and cameramen jostled in a large scrum around Fensterman and Ray when they briefly became embroiled in an argument after Ray presented his counterpart with a copy of the lawsuit complaint.

Fensterman said the girlfriend of one of Youngblood’s sons had taken her to the stripper show, and not nursing home employees.

Ray said Youngblood’s son disputed that claim and, in any case, that does not mean Bernice Youngblood was not harmed by what she saw.

Fensterman also chided Ray for claiming that Bernice Youngblood was suffering from dementia, while at the same time noting the woman signed a power of attorney document claiming she was competent to sign it.

“Ms. Youngblood suffers from partial dementia,” Ray said. “She has moments of partial lucidity.”

Legacy Comments1

Oh give me a break! Sleazy lawyers will do just about anything to get a lawsuit going. This 85 year old resident, with dementia no less, has "lost her dignity" according to her lawyer because she saw a male stripper? What horse crap !!!!! And of course she will feel "ashamed, & terrible for the rest of her life again according to her lawyer and family. This is typical of the types of BS cases that clog up our civil courts. The family just wants money and the lawyer most likely has no cases and need press exposure as well. As far as the 85 year old goes, I am sure she had a great time BUT doesn't remember the event!

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