parties in a $3,000 per night Body English booth,
while beating victim Kirk
Henry waits in an electric
wheelchair for his $9 million
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
July 14, 2008
Rizzolo at Body English, 2;00 AM, 7/10/08
Kirk Henry at home in 2007 (KVBC TV News)
LAS VEGAS - It's been seven years since
Kansas tourist Kirk Henry disputed his Crazy Horse Too bar tab and received
a broken neck for his trouble.
Henry, since 2001, is a quadriplegic confined
to an electric wheelchair. In 2006, as part of his plea bargain, ex-Crazy
Horse owner Rick
Rizzolo agreed to pay Henry $10 million for his injuries in exchange
for a one year and one day sentence in federal prison.
To prevent any more Kirk Henry-type-incidents,
the government seized the property and shut down the racketeering enterprise.
The city followed by permanently revoking the club's liquor license
and removing its adult use zoning.
The feds lived up to their part of the
plea bargain on April 4, 2008 by setting Rizzolo free. But Rizzolo welched
on his part. Kirk Henry has yet to receive one dime from Rizzolo's hidden
The only compensation Henry has received
was a $1 million dollar payment from Rizzolo's insurance policy, and that
has long since been used to pay for his around the clock medical needs
and family's living expenses.
Since returning from prison, Rizzolo has
claimed to be broke -- having transferred
all of his assets to his wife in a hastily conceived 2005 divorce.
But he can still afford to shell out $3,000 per night to rent a private
booth at one of Las Vegas' most hip night clubs -- Body English at the
Hard Rock -- and that doesn't include the expensive booze he serves his
guests! That's on a separate tab.
According to the Hard
Rock website, "The lower level of Body English offers VIP reserved
tables, a second bar and an ultra-VIP area known as The Parlor. The exclusive
room boasts privacy glass preventing onlookers from seeing inside the private
lounge, bar, and DJ scene."
When he's not spending cash like a drunken
sailor at Body English, Rizzolo has recently been observed back at the
Hard Rock's black jack tables where he's famous for losing hundreds of
thousands per night.
While at Body English, Rizzolo and one
of his guests named Terrence Maisano told an INSIDE VEGAS source that they
are out of the "skin business" and going to open up a place behind Twin
Towers called "Fontainebleau" that will be a regular dance club. Maisano
reportedly said he already had the contract written up.
Dave Bishop and Elian Ghanem were also
spotted at the private booth enjoying Rizzolo's largesse which reportedly
included the most expensive Champaign, vodka, Scotch, and tequila the Hard
Rock has to offer.
Bishop told a source that he formerly worked
for Rizzolo "in management," but it was later learned that he was a bar
boy at the Crazy Horse Too, and that Rizzolo dated his sister. (Notice
the quantity of premium liquor on the table.)
As the evening progressed, several witnesses
report that Rizzolo bought drinks for a number of women and seemed to be
fully enjoying his freedom after his year in the slammer. It's also reported
that these parties have been a nightly occurrence since his release, and
attract a constant stream of freeloaders.
According to the Las
Vegas Review-Journal, "Currently, Henry has partial use of his
arms and little control of his fingers. He must rely on his wife as a full-time
nurse and is depending on his father to make their house payments. 'I have
to rely on my wife just to get me out of bed,' Henry said in the telephone
interview. 'I made most of the money before, but now I constantly feel
like I'm a burden to my family.' "
While Kirk Henry suffers, Rick Rizzolo's
outrageous behavior has attracted the attention of his enemies -- the fifteen
former Crazy Horse employees who Rizzolo convinced to plea bargain to tax
evasion so he could cut a sweeter deal for himself with federal prosecutors,
and keep his father, brother, and sister from being prosecuted.
Several ex-Crazy Horse employees report
that Rizzolo promised them free lawyers that would get them off if they
pleaded guilty to tax fraud. When the free lawyers did not materialize,
and their guilty pleas were answered with felony convictions and probation,
the ex-employees waited patiently for Rizzolo to return to town to take
out their revenge.
Rizzolo's every move and association is
now being reported and recorded as he makes his nightly rounds and squanders
his cash -- money owed to Kirk Henry, the IRS, Security Pacific Bank of
California, and City of Las Vegas among other creditors. His usual haunts:
Piero's; the Hard Rock; MGM; and Palms are reportedly under constant surveillance,
as are his safety deposit boxes in several casino cages.
Federal Judge Philip Pro ordered that Rizzolo
pay his creditors $28 million in the following numerical order:
of the United States Marshals Service's costs, expenses, and private counsel's
attorney fees for the real property transaction related to the care and
the sale of the Property and the Trademark and Trade name Crazy Horse Too,
including but not limited to the maintenance, the protection, the repair,
the service of process, the publication, the utilities, the insurance,
the CB Richard Ellis real estate commission, the escrow, the closing costs,
the real estate transfer tax, private counsel's attorney fees for the real
property transaction, etc.;
Clark County Taxes owed on the Property with penalties and interest
City of Las Vegas sewer Iein
Security Pacific Bank ($5 million dollar) loan with attorneys' fees, penalties,
restitution of US $9,000,000.00 plus interest to Kirk and Amy Henry
restitution of US $1,734,000.00 plus accruals to the IRS
assessment of US $500.00 plus interest
fines of US $750,000.00 plus interest
forfeiture of US $4,250,000.00 plus interest
City of Las Vegas judgment lien of US $2,192,000.00 plus interest
IRS tax Ian against Rizzolo for the 2006 individual income taxes of US
$1,032,535.26 plus accruals
IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that alI right, title, and interest
in the forfeited Property described above is condemned, forfeited, and
vested in the United States subject to the conditions mentioned above and
shall be disposed of according to law.
this 24 day of June, 2008.
States District Judge
But even the above ORDER is apparently
not putting a damper on Rizzolo's celebration. He's out there every night
blowing a wad of cash and attracting the attention of federal prosecutors,
attorneys for Security Pacific Bank, the Henry's, and of course the IRS.
District Judge Jackie Glass who is presiding
over Kirk Henry's district court lawsuit should be especially concerned
because on June 30, 2007, she denied
Henry's attorneys the ability to locate and examine Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's
hidden personal assets, assets that the FBI reported:
"...have been commingled with criminal proceeds and cannot be divided without
Judge Glass' husband, City Councilman Steve
Wolfson in June 2008, voted to let the night club's zoning expire. Since
the rezoning, the only rumored buyer is Sherwin-Williams Paint for a new
retail outlet. Real estate experts predict the property is now worth under
The only way creditors can get paid is
to go after Rick and Lisa Rizzolo personally. So it will be up to Judge
Glass in district court, and Judge Pro in federal court to apply the Uniform
Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA) to seize the couple's hidden assets.
According to Rick's plea bargain, he or his wife cannot declare bankruptcy.
In light of this, the Rizzolo's lawyers
have expressed their fears.
One of Rizzolo's relatives told an INSIDE
VEGAS source that Rick is anticipating the seizure of his homes in Las
Vegas, Newport Beach, and Chicago sometime in the near future. So he's
trying to spend as much as he can to show how careless he is with cash
to try to prove he lost his liquid assets gambling before and after he
went to prison.
If necessary, the gambling losses can be
disputed because the IRS requires casinos to keep a record of every gambling
transaction over $10,000.
Judge Pro and Judge Glass hopefully will
not fall for this ploy, and will apply the UFTA immediately to stop the
financial bleeding and pay Mr. Henry and other creditors.
In the meantime, Rizzolo's excessive behavior
may be of interest to his parole officer.
Rizzolo crony arrested
Fred Glusman ,76, was named "Las Vegas
Citizen of the Month" by Mayor Oscar Goodman on September 11, 2002. Six
years later, on June 25, 2008, he was charged with beating up a woman in
Newport Beach, California.
is not the first time Glusman has been accused of beating up women. According
"In 1973, (singer Diahann) Carroll surprised the press by marrying Las
Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman. She and British television host and
producer David Frost had been dating at the time, and were engaged. After
several weeks, she filed for divorce from Glusman, charging physical abuse."
Glusman (left) is shown in this Orange
County Weekly photo with casino
owner Gary Primm at Glusman's Ritz restaurant in Newport Beach celebrating
their appointment as Orange County Honorary Deputy Sheriffs (note the badge
on Glusman's lapel). In the center is disgraced ex-Orange County Sheriff
Glusman was forced to surrender his badge
in October 2005 when he flashed it over a disputed parking space. According
to the Orange
County Register, "The "badging" incident involved a hard-to-find
parking spot last Fourth of July outside a coffee shop at Island and West
Balboa, according to Newport Beach police Sgt. Bill Hartford. The shop
owner flagged a traffic-control officer to complain that Glusman had parked
in a customer-only spot. Hartford said Glusman showed a badge, which the
shop owner took."
Even though he once carried a badge, girls
were not safe at Glusman's restaurants. His Piero's in Las Vegas has twice
been the scene of women being beaten while Glusman's employees watched.
The first reported beating occurred on
Friday, August 25, 2000. Stratosphere Tower developer Bob Stupak was dining
with his 23-year-old daughter Summer at Piero's when they were attacked
and beaten. According to police reports, restaurant employees did nothing
to stop the beating. Summer Stupak sustained bruises
from the assault.
of the assailants was reported to be then-23-year-old Benny
Behnen (holding cigar), the grandson of Horseshoe founder Benny Binion.
An unidentified female restaurant employee
who witnessed the melee was quoted in police reports describing the event.
Glusman reportedly fired the employee after he learned she talked to police.
Summer Stupak was also quoted in the police report stating: "The owner
of Piero's did nothing to intervene or stop this assault."
Glusman later denied the incident occurred
telling reporters, "I didn't see anything, I was in the other room. Benny
didn't have anything to do with it. He wasn't even in the goddamn room.
He was sitting with Becky in the other room."
Glusman called the incident a "nonevent",
and tried to laugh it off by saying it reminded him of "old Las Vegas."
Before police arrived, Behnen fled the
scene but returned later to be seen with Glusman drinking at the bar.
On July 9, 2007, another woman was beaten
up at Piero's while restaurant staff stood by and watched.
Vegas Review-Journal columnist
Norm Clark wrote: "An altercation involving Sandy Murphy and Benny Behnen,
grandson of Horseshoe founder Benny Binion, erupted at Piero's Italian
Cuisine late Monday. By the time two unidentified NBA coaches broke up
the melee, Murphy had a clump of hair ripped from her scalp as she was
trying to escape her assailant."
"When scuffling broke out, Murphy moved
away from the trouble and was near the kitchen exit when she was cornered
by a young man. 'Sandy wanted to get out of there,' said her attorney,
Herb Sachs. 'Behnen saw her, targeted her, and punched her, kicked her
and grabbed her hair.' "
Again, no restaurant employee intervened.
"It was like old wild, wild West," Glusman
told reporters. Then, like the night of the Stupak beating, Behnen was
later seen drinking at the bar with Glusman.
After reporting the two incidents involving
Behnen, I received the following email from Behnen's best friend.
Subject: Dominic Rizzolo
This is Dominic Rizzolo. You have some
nerve calling anyone a coward especially my best friend Benny Benhen (sp).
It was you (steve miller) who gave up his own daughter for cocaine that
was found in your possession in a car you were driving .
If that isnt (sp) the definition of a cunt and a coward then i dont (sp)
know what is. Why dont (sp) you make a copy of this email and put it on
your website so that people can see just what kind of person your are.
If you were to see any of us around you would scurry like a frightened
Dominic proves that the apple doesn't fall
far from the tree. He's scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on
July 30, for stabbing a man during a fight.
Freddie Glusman appears to be Benny Behnen's
mentor when it comes to beating up girls!
On July 11, 2008, the Laguna
Journal reported, "An Orange County former sheriff's reserves volunteer,
and major campaign donor to ex-Sheriff Mike Carona, has been arrested for
beating up a waitress who worked for him at the Ritz Restaurant in Newport
Beach, California. Public information officer Sgt. Evan Sailor said, 'a
police report indicates that Fred Glusman owner of the Ritz restaurant
in Newport Beach was charged with 'battery with intent to cause great bodily
injury.' The victim Jennifer Kennedy age 30, was treated at Hoag Hospital
ER for a tooth having been knocked out, bloody nose and other multiple
cuts and bruises."
Fred Glusman on April 29, 2007, hosted
a "Going Away" party at the Ritz for ex-Crazy Horse Too owner and convicted
racketeer Rick Rizzolo who also has a history of violence.
In 2000, two years before Glusman was named
"Citizen of the Month," Rizzolo was referred to as a "Pillar
of the Community" at a Las Vegas City Council hearing.
This is how a party guest described the
melancholy farewell event for the "pillar" of the Las Vegas and Newport
"I despise these people. Rizzolo had Joe
Pesci, Jerry Tarkanian (former UNLV basketball coach and husband of LV Councilwoman
Lois Tarkanian), Gary Primm among other old Las Vegas cronies of his that
have one foot in the grave. They were accompanied by silicon filled hookers
that stood out at the Ritz like the Grand Wizard of the KKK at a Martin
Luther King rally. Others present were very prominent professionals in
business in the Newport Beach area. Guests were all met by Ritz employees
dressed in prison outfits pointing machine guns at them. All guests were
provided with handcuffs and other prison/inmate related novelties. In addition,
all guests had their pictures taken while standing behind a makeshift prison
cell with jail bars with Taft Penitentiary booking number and all. It was
meant to be a slap in the face to the Feds."
Below is how federal prosecutors described
the festive event:
But what makes all of the above even more
fascinating is that very few citizens of Las Vegas really give a damn,
and the majority of stories I cover are not reported by the local media.
Maybe it's because some of the characters
I write about are high rollers, and casinos have a special way of protecting
With a mantra like "What happens in Vegas,
stays in Vegas," I can only caution visitors to ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!
The Southern California media is much more
vigilant about Las Vegas thugs invading their turf. Hopefully Laguna and
Newport Beach will never suffer the fate of Sin City -- becoming so callous
as to blindly accept dredges of society as respected citizens.
I dedicate this week's column to the memory
Jim Barrier who is responsible for ending the violence at the Crazy
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