September 13, 2019 | four:13pm
The bachelor heart specialist who’s the real-life sufferer behind the brand new Jennifer Lopez film “Hustlers” is telling his story for the primary time — about being repeatedly drugged and swindled by a grasping pack of strippers.
“I was naive and foolish,” Dr. Zyad Kivarkis Younan, a coronary heart physician from Holmdel, NJ, remembers to ABC Information’ “20/20” of getting slapped with a $135,000 invoice from Manhattan’s infamous Scores strip membership — but having no reminiscence of ever going there.
Thrice, he’d been drugged over drinks by his date — a horny brunette who’d satisfied him she was a nursing pupil.
And every time, she would spike his wine and drive him, groggy, to the strip membership, the place she labored as a bartender.
“I started feeling warm, flushy and [my] vision was a little blurry and cloudy,” he remembers now of the medication taking impact.
“I really didn’t think twice… and then I don’t remember much after that.”
As soon as at Scores, a hoop of strippers would be part of her in ensuring the groggy physician was recorded having enjoyable on membership surveillance — whereas they rang up tens of 1000’s of in costs for lap dances, ideas and personal room rental charges.
“I believed her, I trusted her,” he mentioned of his “date,” admitted swindler Karina Pascucci, who additionally speaks to 20/20.
“I mean, who hasn’t done a stupid thing or two for a beautiful girl in life?”
Younan was considered one of 4 rich males taken to Scores — and the cleaners — within the rip-off.
Lopez portrays stripper ringleader “Ramona” within the upcoming film — based mostly on Samantha Barbash, who in April, 2017, pleaded responsible to conspiracy, assault and grand larceny in change for 5 years probation.
The ring can be damaged up with Younan’s assist and after an intricate undercover sting operation run by the NYPD and the DEA.
A lab decided the ladies have been utilizing a mix of MDMA, or “Molly,” and ketamine, or “Special K,” to drug their marks.
“I felt like they were like vampires hovering over me,” an spy who labored the case instructed 20/20 of the real-life “Hustlers.”
“My blood was the credit card. They needed to get me to this strip bar with my credit card to do their business.”