NEW YORK (WPIX) – A trendy SoHo nightclub has been smacked with a $1 billion lawsuit after the club’s bouncer and owner allegedly turned away nearly 100 guests because they were black, according to court papers.
Author Teri Woods said her family and friends – most of who were black – were left waiting outside of Greenhouse nightclub without explanation during a release party for her new book, ‘Alibi.’
Woods says her guest list included doctors, lawyers and entertainment moguls, but only a handful of guests who were white were allowed in. She told the New York Daily News, the club “took her moment.”
She also said she has text messages from owner Barry Mullineaux reading, “Everybody looking at me like this ur people Barry???” and “I couldn’t let in 300lb girls.”
Mullineaux says the accusations are bogus. In a statement to PIX News, an attorney for Greenhouse said the lawsuit is news to them.
“My client has not been served, nor have we received any legal documents pertaining to the grossly false allegations made by Ms. Woods,” attorney John Sampson said. “When we have, we will review and take legal action. However we will not litigate this matter through the media as Ms. Woods has.”
According to the urban-fiction writer, she had planned the Aug. 8th bash complete with a DJ, top-shelf vodka, and gift bags containing her new book. Her party promoter had even printed up flyers advertising the event.
Greenhouse, which opened last year, is already is known for its tough door policy.
Woods told the News, “I was clearly violated that night, and so were so many other people. … All I know is it had something to do with ‘your people’ and ‘fat.'”