An African-American woman claims that a popular New York nightclub is racist.
1 OAK has played host to many stars, but now the woman has come forward to claim that she was made to feel unwelcome at the hotspot.
The woman, a former Stanford student-athlete who wishes to remain anonymous, told Radar she was denied entry during a visit to the club on Saturday, July 26.
“I know a promoter and he brought me and two of my friends (one white and one black) to the front of the 1Oak line along with about 10 other (white) girls,” she told Radar. “We all show IDs, and the bouncer starts letting girls in. He lets my white friend in and closes the stanchion right at me.”“I assumed they were at capacity, or were waiting for people to leave to make space,” the woman said. “The bouncer then says to me [and my black friend], ‘Sorry ladies, not gonna happen tonight.’”
“We continue to stand there for a couple minutes, slightly confused,” she said. “And then he opens the other side of the stanchion and proceeds to let in the rest of the white girls in our big group.”
“We got out of line because we started to realize what was going on, and proceeded to watch him let in dozens of white girls,” the source said. “Some with purple and orange hair, some with flats on, and some severely underdressed for a club … [But] anyone and everyone [was] Caucasian.”
The club has been accused of racism in the past. In 2008, the venue was sued by two former employees alleging they were fired because of their race.
A rep for the club told Radar Online, “Anyone who has been a patron at 1 OAK knows that the club — which has venues in NYC, Vegas, Los Angeles and Mexico City — is anything but racist. 1 OAK does, however, have a strict door policy that sees many men and women of many ethnicities get turned down nightly, as entry is strictly at the doorman’s discretion. Anyone who has ever been inside of 1 OAK would know that its clientele is a mixture from every sex, race, nationality and profession. While we take all accusations seriously, calling 1 OAK ‘racist’ is clearly a severe case of sour grapes from someone who has never seen the inside of 1 OAK.”
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