By Nina Mandell
MANHATTAN — The city is investigating a trendy downtown nightclub where the teenage daughter of a U.S. ambassador partied just hours before she fell to her death from a Midtown high-rise, the New York Post reported.
Seventeen-year-old Nicole John was partying at Tenjune — a celebrity hotspot on Little West 12 Street in the Meatpacking District — until 2 a.m. before heading to an after-hours party at the 25th-floor apartment where she plummeted to her death early Friday morning, police said.
The Manhattan District Attorney is investigating how John got in the 21-and-over club, which police said she gained entry to using a fake Brazilian ID. John had previously bragged on her blog of having the phony ID, which listed her age as 23.
Officials at the State Liquor Authority said Tenjune never should have allowed John into the club the night of her death because her fake ID purported to be from Brazil, not a valid form of ID for entry into 21 and over venues, according to the Daily News.
The SLA is now reportedly working with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to determine whether the club served the 17-year-old any alcohol. If they discover evidence she was served, they could strip the club of its liquor license, the News reported.
Investigators are interviewing waitresses, bouncers and bartenders and could bring charges ranging from serving alcohol to minors to involuntary manslaughter, a felony, the Post reported.
Investigators are also looking at a club promoter who may have helped John and her friends gain access to the club and its VIP area, the Post added.