A New York City model claims to be the victim of a heinous crime after a trans-identified male allegedly scammed and robbed her at a high-end night club in the East Village with staff members accused of being in on the scheme.
Anna Tchorbadjiev, 25, filed a lawsuit against Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) for $1.5 million in a Manhattan Supreme Court over the alleged incident that occurred at Little Sister Lounge earlier this year, according to the New York Post.
Tchorbadjiev, who has modeled for Glamour and Harper's Bazaar, claims in the suit that she was out drinking with a friend at the Baccarat Hotel in Midtown when Angela Acosta de Mastronardi, a trans-identified male, approached her and asked her to get drinks at Little Sister Lounge in East Village.
The model told the outlet that she agreed to go to the club because "We were all chilling" and "It seemed very normal."
"I had no reason to get suspicious of this person," Tchorbadjiev said, who models under the name Anna Alimani.
"She (sic) offered to pay and then her card declined, and I was like, 'Let me pay,'" the model told the outlet, who proceeded to take a sip of her espresso martini.
Within minutes of drinking the martini, the model says that she became significantly ill and left the club. She then quickly noticed that her credit cards were missing from her wallet. The alleged trans-identified scammer followed Tchorbadjiev and suggested they "stop for water" at another Tao club, according to the New York Post.
That's when the model confronted Angela, who denied stealing her credit cards. Tchorbadjiev says that she got her credit cards back after "grabbing Angela by the hair" who then dropped the cards into her purse. After the confrontation, Angela attempted to follow her into her building.
"I was like, 'No way, b*tch, you'll rob me blind.' I had to push her out of the elevator," she said.
After getting inside her residence, the model found two credit card charges that were made at Little Sister. One charge was for a $500 tip for the two drinks, and the second charge was for a $1,000 tip, the outlet reports.
A detective with the New York City Police Department told Tchorbadjiev that this trans-identified male is the suspect in similar scams in Miami, New York, and Las Vegas.
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