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Nicole John's Death: Ilan Nassimi Had Vodka, Scotch and Tequila at Fatal Party

By Michael P. Ventura | August 27, 2010 3:36pm | Updated on August 29, 2010 9:54am

By Michael Ventura

DNAinfo Senior Editor

MIDTOWN — A 25-year-old man who was partying with Nicole John, the 17-year-old Parsons freshman and ambassador's daughter who plummeted 22 stories from a Herald Square apartment, described for the first time Friday the drunken debauchery that let to her fatal fall.

John, who grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, where her father was the U.S. ambassador, was just starting to explore the city before classes started at Parsons. She partied Thursday night at Tenjune, a club in the Meatpacking District, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters.

After the club, Ilan Nassimi, 25, and more than a dozen revelers packed into his 50 W. 34th Street apartment  to drink and smoke, police said.

"I told several people that I wanted to host an after-party, and over a dozen people packed into taxis/limos and headed over," Nassimi told police in an interview, according to the criminal complaint.

Nassimi was charged Friday for allegedly serving and selling alcohol to minors. He was escorted out of the Midtown South Precinct house later Friday afternoon and arraigned in the evening.

"During the party there was drinking and smoking," he told police, according to the complaint.

Police said Nassimi's apartment appeared to have been cleaned before they arrived on the scene.

Police at the scene testified that they an empty bottle of Patron on the window sill, a bottle of Sky vodka in the freezer and an empty bottle of Glenlivet and an empty bottle of Belvedere line up on a shelf.

She had a fake ID from Brazil on her, police said, that put her age at 23.

After leaving the club at roughly 2:15 a.m., John and nearly 20 other young people ended up back at Nassimi's apartment about 4:30 a.m.  Police said that at least three of the people were underage at the party.

Building engineer Robert Pena told DNAinfo that a group of teenage-looking revelers showed up at the posh residences after 4 a.m. Some of the girls in the group were so drunk they could barely stand up, he said.

In apartment 25C4, John took off her shoes and climbed out onto the ledge. A camera was found near her body, police said, adding it was unclear whether she wanted to take a picture out there.

Nassimi's mother, Soleh Ijadi, was shocked when she learned of the tragic incident from DNAinfo.

“Seventeen years old? Oh, my God,” gasped Ijadi. “I’m a mother. Oh my God, what can I do?”

According to his LinkedIn profile, Nassimi started up his own venture capital firm last August, Illan Enterprises, and was a commercial broker for the real estate firm Metropolitan Property Group. The company had no comment Friday.

He is also listed as having attended a Baruch College's Zicklin School and SUNY Stony Brook.

He's also the founder of thelimed.com, an online jewelry vendor.

Kelly said Nassimi's apartment was cleaned up when investigators arrived.

"There was no alcohol. No indication of a party going on," Kelly said. "Some effort was made to clear up the site."