Tuesday, May 28, 2024

NY Friars Club Raided by FBI, District Attorney: We Broke this Story Last Fall


The NY Post’s Page Six reported today that the FBI under order from US Attorney Preet Bahara raided the famed Friars Club. They sent in at least a dozen investigators who removed a ton of paperwork from the office.

Thanks to the Post for citing my original stories. I broke the news last fall that the Friars were up to no good. First of all, there’s a sexual harassment case pending against one of the execs from a receptionist. Then there’s a lot of questions about the Friars’ finances.

When I went to a reception at the Friars two weeks ago, I ran into the club’s president Michael Gyure. He was pretty upset with me about my stories. He said everything I wrote was wrong. He said the members of the club who’d been suspended were re-instated. He said the man accused of sexual harassment, Bruce Charet, was not an exec there but just a member who wrangled celebrities for him. He didn’t have much sympathy for the receptionist who sued.

Now comes the FBI. Believe me, this isn’t just for parking tickets. The FBI doesn’t send a team unless they know what they’re looking for.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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