Lawsuit accuses squatter of turning multi-million dollar NYC townhouse into brothel

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A New York City townhouse worth nearly $7 million has allegedly been converted into a brothel where visitors enjoy prostitution, poker, and late-night revelry, according to legal documents.

“It appears that they are using a apartment as a club. Loud music, marijuana smell, not following social distancing rules. Not wearing mask. Two men that act as bouncers standing outside. This happens on the weekend,” someone alleged in a December 2020 complaint to the Department of Buildings, according to the New York Post.

The Murray Hill residence apparently became a risque “members only” club after tenant Patricia Taub decided to sublet her 3,000 square foot five-bedroom apartment situated on East 36th Street to Ashley Jurman in November 2020. Since then neighbors have complained about the noise, pot smoke, and crowds of people.

The penthouse resident of the 3 unit building caught a stranger waltzing into his apartment with his family jewels dangling between his legs on video while he was out of town.

(Video Credit: New York Post)

“I complained so many times,” Shan Haider who claims the noise can begin as late as 4 a.m. said.

From November 2020 through March 2021, the New York Police Department has received 14 complaints through its non-emergency number, 311, about music blaring from the unit that is in close proximity to Park Avenue.

The owner of the townhouse purchased the property in 2012 as an investment and has been slammed with neighbors’ complaints about the possibly illicit activities in the building.

“I was getting calls from people in the neighborhood like threatening my life,” owner Mitch Spaiser said.

Spaiser has tried unsuccessfully to evict Jurman though he has a pending case with the state Supreme Court naming Jurman and “John Does” as defendants. Jurman previously demanded a lump of cash amounting to tens of thousands of dollars to move out.

One of the John Does has since been named in the court documents as Kenyatti Adams who apparently took up residence in the apartment in April 2021.

“Adams is using the … premises to host illegal poker games, to host sex trafficking and prostitution activities, and to hold illegal afterhours parties. He mainly enters on the weekend and leaves during the weekdays,” the court documents claim.

Several people offered some particularly pragmatic advice including one Twitter user who was quick to point out that the residents would be required to claim their income from the illicit activities on their tax return, in accordance with guidelines published by the Internal Revenue Service to assist individuals in completing their 2021 tax return.

Adams continues to live in the residence, claiming a pandemic-related hardship but denies any wrongdoing. However, he did confirm in court documents that he has used the property as a poker venue and that Jurman moved out of the residence after he accused her of holding “improper” get-togethers in the apartment.

“This is a case of the most egregious abuse of New York’s tenant protection laws being wrongfully used by bad actors to manipulate and take advantage of the system at the expense of the owners,” Spaiser’s lawyer Victor Feraru said.


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