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Stripper in nursing home prompts lawsuit

April 9, 2014
by Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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The family of an 85-year-old nursing home resident has filed a lawsuit against the facility, maintaining that the woman was the victim of "disgraceful sexual perversion" after attending against her will a show by a male stripper who visited the home at the behest of its 16-member residents' committee, the Associated Press is reporting.

The son of Bernice Youngblood, a resident at East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, New York, learned of the September 2012 incident when he visited his mother and found a photograph of her placing money in the dancer's waistband. Family members are seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit. Their attorney, John Ray, says the resident has "partial dementia."

Howard Fensterman, an attorney representing the facility, said the nursing home decided to pay the stripper's $250 fee because its residents' committee had requested the activity. The state's health department is investigating the incident, according to the article.

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