Michael Smerconish Sues Main Line Art Gallery for Fraud

A cropped version of "Exhibit B" in Michael Smerconish's lawsuit against Walter Graham Arader III. Smerconish (inset).

A cropped version of “Exhibit B” in Michael Smerconish’s lawsuit against Walter Graham Arader III. Smerconish (inset).

Even if you’ve never opened a history book, you’ve no doubt laid eyes on Yousuf Karsh‘s famous 1941 photograph of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The photo was taken in the middle of World War II and it has become the most iconic image of Churchill from that time period. So, when self-described Winston Churchill aficionado Michael Smerconish saw the photograph in a local gallery, signed by Churchill himself, he decided to add it to his collection. But now, Smerconish claims that he was duped. Read more »

Rouge Hit with Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Rouge in Rittenhouse Square (photo by Megan DiTrolio)

Rouge in Rittenhouse Square (photo by Megan DiTrolio)

We here at Foobooz see discrimination lawsuits (and, hell, plenty of other types of lawsuits) filed against Philadelphia restaurants all the time. But this one filed against Rouge in Rittenhouse Square caught our interest today. Read more »

Suit: Former Rouge Chef Says He Was Called the N-Word During Employment

Rouge in Rittenhouse Square (photo by Megan DiTrolio)

Rouge in Rittenhouse Square (photo by Megan DiTrolio)

Rouge on Rittenhouse Square is one of the more storied restaurants in Philadelphia. Originally opened by the also storied restaurateur Neil Stein, it remains the see-and-be-seen Rittenhouse spot (though you could also make an argument for Parc) that it was when profiled in Philadelphia magazine in 2006 by Jessica Pressler. Well, on Wednesday, Rouge was sued for racial discrimination in federal court by a former sous chef. Read more »

Loews Masseur Had Been Arrested, Fired by Main Line Spa for Allegedly Grabbing Customer’s Genitals

Left: Former massage therapist Jerome McNeill in 2014 Philadelphia Police department photo. Right: The Hand & Stone spa in Haverford (via Google Maps.)

Left: Former massage therapist Jerome McNeill in 2014 Philadelphia Police department photo. Right: The Hand & Stone spa in Haverford (via Google Maps.)

On Tuesday, we told you about Jerome McNeill, the 26-year-old Port Richmond massage therapist who is charged with sexually assaulting a woman inside the spa at the Loews Hotel last October. And now we’ve learned that the Loews incident wasn’t the first time that McNeill was accused of assaulting a client during a massage. Read more »

Former Pennsylvania Hospital Nurse Says Cops Falsely Narced on Her

Nurse via Shutterstock.com

Left: Nurse via Shutterstock.com; Right: An excerpt from Kyle Welch’s lawsuit.

A former nurse anaesthetist at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia and two police officers, claiming that the cops defamed her by making an anonymous call to the hospital to falsely report that she was using drugs. Read more »

Suit: Massage Turned Into Sexual Assault at Spa Inside Loews Hotel

Former masseur Jerome McNeil in a 2014 Philadelphia Police Department photo

Former masseur Jerome McNeill in a 2014 Philadelphia Police Department photo

UPDATE: Jerome Williams had been arrested and fired by Main Line spa Hand & Stone for allegedly grabbing a customer’s genitals. Also, a third alleged victim contacted police this week, and new details of Jerome McNeill’s 2007 arrest on child rape and sexual assault charges have emerged. Read the complete story here.

A Texas woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Philadelphia’s Loews Hotel and the owners of 12th Street Gym, alleging that she was sexually assaulted during a massage inside the Center City hotel’s 12Fit Spa, which is operated by the gym. Read more »

Trump: Univision Dropping Pageant Is Pro-Hillary Plot

Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been going pretty much as you’d expect so far. At the speech introducing his run for president, he said Mexico was “sending people that have lots of problems… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

That last sentence — well, some maybe are good people — didn’t do much to assuage Trump’s critics. Macy’s will stop selling his ties. NBC dumped his Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, which were a joint production of the station and Trump’s Miss Universe company.

Univision — a competitor to NBC’s Telemundo — said it was dropping the Spanish-language broadcasts of Trump’s two pageants.

Today, Trump and the Miss Universe Organization filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision, alleging breach of contract and defamation. Read more »

Male Penn Grad Says He Was Sexually Assaulted After 2013 Phi Kappa Psi Party

Photo by Hayley Virgil

Reginald Stewart says he was assaulted after attending a rush party at Phi Kappa Psi in 2013. Photo | Hayley Virgil

Recent University of Pennsylvania graduate Reginald Stewart has sued Penn’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity as well as fraternity brother Charles Gibson over a January 2013 incident in which he claims Gibson sexually assaulted him. Read more »

Dutch Rubber Duck Artist Cries Foul Over Giant Philly Rubber Duck

Dutch rubber duck artist Florentijn Hofman with his giant hippo sculpture floating in the background. Photo: Steve Stills

Renown Dutch rubber duck artist Florentijn Hofman with his giant hippo sculpture floating in the background. Photo: Steve Stills

You’d think that a giant rubber duck could waddle its way into Philadelphia without inciting controversy or starting a potential international legal war. But that is not the case. We learned this lesson on Monday afternoon when an email popped up in our inbox with the ominous subject line: “Unauthorized rubber duck project in Philadelphia.” The author was Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who is none too happy with the giant 61-foot, 11-ton rubber duck set to visit our shores the last weekend in June as part of the Tall Ships festival. Read more »

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