Saturday, February 12, 2011
Bouncer sues reality star, celebrity shoe consultant Rashidah Ali for gruesomely clawing his face
A wanna-be reality TV star who sells high-priced heels to celebrities gave a bouncer a face-full of stitches during a wild brawl at an upscale SoHo club, it was charged Tuesday.
Rashidah Ali, who has guest spots on "Basketball Wives" and "Real Housewives of Atlanta," sliced bouncer Joseph Wright from his hairline to his mouth during her birthday blowout at Greenhouse, he says in a suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
"We think Ali should be on "The Real Housewives of Rikers Island," said Wright's lawyer, Paul Edelstein, who is suing for $10 million.
Wright also filed a complaint against Ali with cops, who are investigating.
The Jan. 26 melee unfolded after Wright confronted two of Ali's friends for feeling up a bottle waitress, the civil complaint says.
Wright, 31, said he was dragging two belligerent partygoers out of the VIP section when Ali rushed and clawed at him.
"I felt her hand reach through and start grabbing at my face," he told the Daily News.
"She's clawing over my eye, at my face, and I didn't feel anything at first....Then I realized I felt the blood dripping down my shirt. I was leaking," the bouncer recalled.
Ali and her entourage eventually fled in sports cars while Wright waited for an ambulance.
Wright suffered a severed nerve and artery, and had to undergo surgery and receive 50 stitches.
Ali describes herself on her website as a "shoe consultant to the stars," boasting Alicia Keys, Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian as clients.
Since 2007, she has run boutiques in Harlem and Atlanta, where pumps go for as much as $1,200.
But her business apparently hasn't given her good financial footing.
Her Harlem shop, Bourgeoisie Shoes, recently shuttered because she owed six months of back rent, her landlord told The News.
Last November, city cops also busted Ali on a grand larceny charge for skipping out on a bill at a Ritz-Carlton, according to a Manhattan criminal complaint. She has a court appearance on March 1.
In 2005, the stiletto seller was convicted of attempted larceny in Connecticut and given three years of probation, according to court records.
Ali did not respond to calls Tuesday.
With Rocco Parascandola and Edgar Sandoval