*MIAMI BEACH – Florida civil rights and criminal law attorney David Kubiliun is representing four South Florida women who claim they were not allowed to attend an upscale party the Arkadia Lounge inside Miami Beach’s famous Fountainebleau Hotel because of their race. Kubiliun says a man claiming to be the club’s promoter sent text messages to the women supporting their racial discrimination claims.
“South Florida is one of the most diverse communities in the world,” said Kubiliun. “It’s shocking and outrageous that we are still dealing with issues like this. After reviewing all of the details of the incident, we have decided to pursue a federal lawsuit.”
Kubiliun claimed it all began when Liz Lopez, Nancy Pierrot, Katuschca Jubuisson and Kat Bing, who are of African-American and Hispanic heritages, said promoter Rodrick Dudley invited them to the nightclub on Saturday, March 17 to celebrate a birthday. Kubiliun said when the group arrived, the club’s doormen would not allow them to enter.
“One security guard told one of the ladies that he didn’t think they were getting in because they are black and they would have to wait,” said Kubiliun. “The women who were well-dressed professionals said they didn’t see any other African-Americans enter the nightclub the entire time the aggravated group stood by in the lobby.”
Kubiliun said Lopez began texting her frustrations to Dudley who claimed to be a promoter for the club. Early Sunday morning, Dudley explained in a series of text messages why the women weren’t allowed to enter:
“This is south beach a shallow self serving superficial place. They pay me 300 a night to bring attractive women to their establishment and or cats who spend dough. I know what it is going in [on],” Dudley’s texts read. “I’ve always been kind and accommodating to you and you’ve never shown me any appreciation which is fine. I don’t need it this is what I do because I like you I tried to cordially give you a heads up warning cause the only reason they let your girls in last time was because I fought to get em in. Its a double standard @ the fountainbleu. White chics can be ok. Black chics gotta look twice as good and they only cater to a so called urban crowd on thursdays and sundays. Peace and love.”
In another text, Dudley claimed he had to fight to get Lopez and a few other Black women into the club, even after rejecting his own family members.
“Don’t take this the wrong way but how do they look?,” said Dudley in a series of texts. “One of my cuzns came down with 5 girls from tampa last week and the[y] didn’t let them in because of that bullsh–. Chics that they don’t feel are hot enough or overweight. I’m not saying if they were white they wouldve got in.”
The incident comes weeks before Urban Beach Week, one of the largest African-American festivals in the world that caters to the Hip-Hop Generation. More than 300,000-350,000 participants are expected to make the annual trek to South Beach during the Memorial Day weekend (May 25 – 28). Moreover, according to a recent article in the Miami Herald, a Smith Travel Research report hinted at the Fontainebleau’s pursuit of a casino.
“If gambling laws change and more people want access to the Fontainebleau, they must re-evaluate their open-door policies and take a closer look at the discriminatory practices being taken by the people such as promoters acting on behalf of the hotel and nightclubs,” said Kubiliun.
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