Two twenty-two year old men Joe Rapuano-Novella and Dylan Pace ,are suing the umbrella company Outpost Pines which owns several entertainment and food venues at the gay resort on Fire Island.
Rapuano-Novella and Pace are suing their former manager Mario Priola and owner PJ McAteer for sexual harassment and assault.
The NY Post reports:
He and Pace interviewed in March 2016 for jobs at “The Pines,” an enclave of bars and restaurants which cater primarily to the LGBTQ community, according to their Brooklyn federal court filing.
Rapuano-Novella was “hired on the spot” via Skype during a bizarre interview in which Priola asked him to take off his shirt, the suit says. Pace, a Long Island resident, was asked to report for his interview to Priola’s hot tub on the island, the suit alleges.
Before Rapuano-Novella even got to Fire Island, Priola, who was twice his age, allegedly sent him “inappropriate texts,” noting in one that “you’re perfect” and asking for explicit photos, the suit says.
Rapuano-Novella charges in the suit that Priola repeatedly asked him to sleep over and “groped his penis.”
In addition, Rapuano-Novella claims he was forced to promote live sex shows, which was never discussed as a part of his job description prior to starting employment. (That is a new one on me.)
Wrote Rapuano-Novella on Facebook:
I haven’t yet come forward with my #metoo story because I was waiting for the right moment. A lot of people know I worked on Fire Island last year. My time on the island was abruptly cut short when a series of dark harassments and assaults at the hands of my boss drove me from the place.
So lets get this straight. Well as much as we can.
“Rapuano-Novella was “hired on the spot” via Skype during a interview in which Priola asked him to take off his shirt” But he still continued wanting the job.
Priola, sent him “inappropriate texts,” noting in one that “you’re perfect” and asking for explicit photos.” BEFORE the job started. But RN still wanted the job.
He was told to “Report to Priola’s hot tub on the island foe his interview.” And went and still took the job.
Now these are some seriously major red flags Rapuano-Novell should have noticed.
Look sexual harassment and abuse is a serious problem. But suddenly the floodgates are open and all kinds of accusations are spilling forth. Some true and some perhaps not so true. But with both Rapuano-Novella and Pace being 22 years old and all the warnings that were had before they started the job. Something just does not seem quite right.
Now I am not saying they are lying or telling the truth. I am just saying we must all be careful.
As for the live sex shows on Fire Island? Anyone got the address?