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NYC Nightclub 1 Oak Accused of Covering Gay Bashing?

The incident that occurred inside 1 Oak early last Wednesday morning, the west Chelsea establishment owned by Richie Akiva (Butter), Jeffrey Jah (Lotus), and Scott Sartiano sounds pretty serious, according to an eyewitness who contacted Gawker:

1oak"Early Wednesday morning (June 18th, 2008) at approximately 2:30AM - two individuals were attacked by a man inside 1 OAK. and were called 'faggots' - victim number 1 had to be rushed to the hospital due to massive blood loss. Victim number 2 had no visible wounds at the time. Victim number 1's friend wanted to call 911, however the two owners of the nightclub, Sartiano and Akiva, told the friend NOT TO. 911 was called regardless. The club owners then wanted to rush the victim into a car when they knew the ambulance was coming. A minute goes by and the attacker was able to walk right out of the club, without security questioning or anyone's interference, even after the victim's friend screamed out 'that's the guy!' The attacker turns out to be someone that frequents the club often and knew the doorman and the staff, since he was able to walk right into the club and said hello to the doorman in the beginning of the night."

The nightclub's PR agency says that "the situation that occurred at 1OAK was out of the establishment's control" and that the management is cooperating.

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  1. Yeah something smells fishy here. I once had a trip and fall accident in a club and was banged up pretty bad (and I was even sober!). One of the young security guards tried to suggest that I just walk the two blocks to the hospital. The club owner squashed that idea in no time flat. He told the security kid that under no circumstances was I walking anywhere and he already called 9-1-1 for an ambulance.

    Good businessmen know that ambulance = documentation of injuries + protection from additional liability + Good PR for doing the right thing.

    If the club owners didn't want 9-1-1 called then something shady was going on that they wanted to hide.

    Posted by: Ed | Jun 24, 2008 5:23:28 PM


  2. Yeah. It sounds like there is more to this incident than just a random gay-bashing. Otherwise, why wouldn't victims and friends come forward and call out the club on negligence or why wouldn't anyone call the police to nab the attacker?

    Posted by: dom | Jun 25, 2008 7:10:51 AM


  3. Smells fishy? You ever been told to not call 911 by two big goon bouncers? Sounds like typical CYA bullshit to me - they knew the guy, just how it is here.

    Posted by: Shane | Jun 25, 2008 7:48:15 AM


  4. Please keep us updated on the story or provide some contact info to the club so we can express a punch of our own.
    This is happening in straight clubs all over the country even in West Hollywood, rather ESPECIALLY in West Hollywood. Bouncers who will let a group of all girls in front of the line or VIP access before dudes...AT A GAY CLUB....or straight dudes going to gay clubs beating gays up for making a pass at them. When they come to our establishments....all doors better be opened...when we go to there's...we better sit in a corner, facing the wall and not say mum. Bull sh&t. Time for the gay community to grab our balls and start speaking up.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jun 25, 2008 9:34:21 AM


  5. Gotta agree with the sentiment: grab the balls and man up. I've started noticing this kind of behavior too but, I suppose, it's probably always gone on. Gays make some place popular (or gentrify a neighborhood, for that matter) straights start coming and eventually get preferential treatment. Since I know that straight people don't normally outspend gay folk, it can't be a matter of catering to the dollar.

    Sometimes it seems like we gay guys just expect to be ashamed or embarrassed if we hit on someone who turns out to be straight - even in our "own" spaces. What's worse, there's even sometimes a sense of resignation or acceptance that retaliation of any sort is okay. Sure, "violence doesn't solve anything"... right. Be ready to return a punch, I say.

    I know things are more complicated that this armchair analysis and regardless of the details in this specific situation, I'd like to see more gay men and women with a sense of entitlement to: respect, safety, protection and support. Stand up for yourself and keep your neighbor's back!

    Posted by: Jano Rubio | Jun 25, 2008 10:31:07 AM


  6. Sometimes violence is the answer.This is pride week, in which we commemorate the Stonewall Riots. Don't forget that; fight back.

    Posted by: JLS | Jun 25, 2008 10:59:59 AM


  7. Jano Rubio, I agree. "Stand up for yourself and keep your neighbor's back!" Sounds like a template for getting straight assholes off our backs. Screw the court cases! I'd rather kick some straight boy's ass, mess him up, break a few lips, knock out a few teeth, etc. etc. It sends a much better message--don't fuck with us, fellas! There really is nothing left for us to do but fight back.

    Posted by: mike | Jun 25, 2008 12:53:03 PM


  8. Jano Rubio, I agree. "Stand up for yourself and keep your neighbor's back!" Sounds like a template for getting straight assholes off our backs. Screw the court cases! I'd rather kick some straight boy's ass, mess him up, break a few lips, knock out a few teeth, etc. etc. It sends a much better message--don't fuck with us, fellas! There really is nothing left for us to do but fight back.

    Posted by: mike | Jun 25, 2008 12:53:31 PM


  9. I happened to be there that night with some friends and we had no problems. We saw a fight break out and security break it up, but we had no idea what it was about or who was involved. Yes, we need to stand up for ourselves, but sometimes fight is just a fight and that's all.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 25, 2008 6:53:18 PM


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