A co-owner of a troubled Queens strip club says his partner stiffed him on payments and failed to keep him abreast of finances, causing trouble for the jiggle joint, according to a new lawsuit.
Kabe Park claims his business partner Anastasios Tsementzis launched an “illegal and oppressive campaign” that has stripped him of any involvement at Scandals in Long Island City, according to the lawsuit filed Dec. 1 in Queens Supreme Court.
Employees were told Park is no longer involved with the club, creating a “hostile and oppressive business environment,” the suit claims.
Scandals, which closed temporarily last month after a stomach-churning Department of Health inspection found contaminated sewage and flies in the kitchen, has suffered under its management, Park’s lawyer claims.
“Kabe really is a silent owner — not necessarily by choice, but by force,” lawyer James DiPasquale, told the Daily News.
“[Tsementzis] has completely taken control of the business and gone silent.”
Park, of Astoria, purchased half of TC Queens Entertainment Corp., the company that runs the lounge, in July of 2015.
But since then the partnership has soured.
Tsementzis, who lives in Huntington, Long Island, has held meetings without him and failed to disclose all assets, the suit charges. He’s appointed himself the president and has transferred cash out of the business account into his own pockets, according to the lawsuit.
He’s also stopped paying rent and sales tax, causing the club to fall nearly $160,000 in debt, the suit says.
Park is asking for at least $500,000 in damages from Tsementzis and demanding that he exit his top post in the corporation.
Tsementzis did not respond to multiple requests seeking comment, and a manager of the club said he was unable to reach him.
The suit is the latest drama for the gentlemen’s club, which moved to its current location in 2002 after a crackdown on strip clubs forced it from its original home on Greenpoint Avenue.
It was nearly squeezed out of its Queens Plaza North location years later when the city began to enforce zoning laws.
Tsementzis sued the city in 2010, claiming New York City was making it harder for strip clubs to operate.
“If people want to get lap dances, they should be able to get lap dances,” his lawyer at the time told the News.
Scandals survived, but temporarily closed in 2015, reopening a year later under the same management.
It was again temporarily shuttered by the Department of Health this year after racking up 95 violation points during a Nov. 1 inspection. The club’s food prep area had contaminated sewage or liquid waste and was covered in flies, an inspector found.
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