DA Drops Charges Against Party Host in Nicole John's Death
By Shayna Jacobs
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — Charges were dropped against a man police said served alcohol to the 17-year-old daughter of a U.S. ambassador before she plunged to her death from the balcony of his apartment last summer.
Ilan Nassimi, 25, faced two misdemeanor charges after Nicole John fell 22 stories to her death following a night of partying with friends that ended at his 50 West 34th St. pad in the early hours of Aug. 27, 2010.
But prosecutors said Tuesday it appeared the alcohol was served to the minors before they arrived at his apartment. The case could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, they said, when formally dismissing the charges in court.
Police said John had been partying at Tenjune in the Meatpacking District before heading to Nassimi's apartment with friends. She carried a fake ID that said she was 23 years old, police said.
Nassimi allegedly told police he was hosting an after party, according to court documents.
"Over a dozen people packed in taxis/limos and headed over. During the party, there was drinking and smoking," he said, according to the documents.
John apparently slipped off her shoes and clambered out on to a narrow ledge outside the window shortly after 4 a.m., then fell to her death, police said. A camera was found near her body on a third-floor ledge below, leading police to believe she was trying to take a photo when she died.
The teen, the daughter of former U.S. ambassador to Thailand Eric John, was about to start her freshman year at Parsons. She had a history of hard-partying, according to numerous blog posts she penned.
Police said they found an empty bottle of Patron on the window sill, a bottle of Skyy vodka in the freezer and Glenlivet scotch at Nassimi's apartment.
Nassimi, a real estate broker, had been charged with prohibited sale of alcohol to a minor and unlawfully dealing with a child.