A nursing home for the elderly in Long Island, New York, is being sued after it hired male strippers to entertain its residents, it was announced on Tuesday. The incident came to light when Franklin Youngblood found a lewd photograph in January 2013 among the belongings of his 86-year-old mother, who suffers from partial dementia.
The image, allegedly taken by nursing home staff, showed “a muscular, almost nude male dancer” as he “gyrated in front of” Bernice Youngblood, according to the multi-million dollar lawsuit filed last month. “He had a fistful of dollars in his hand and she was putting a dollar in his pants at his demand ; he’s leaning over her, he’s not just standing there, he’s intimidating her,” her attorney , John Ray, told 1010 WINS.
Bernice Youngblood, who attended the news conference in a wheelchair with some of her relatives at her side, said she felt “terrible” and “ashamed” about what happened, but had no specific recollection of the details of the incident. Ray branded the strip show “grotesque” and said that employees did it “for their own sick amusement.”
He added he has yet to determine who took the photograph, or how it got in the woman’s bedroom drawer. “This might be great for 32-year-old single girls, but this is an 86-year-old traditional, African-American woman,” he added. Youngblood and other patients do not have “the physical or mental capacity to consent to such vile acts or to defend themselves against such vile acts,” the lawsuit said.