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Strip Joint Workers Slashed By Disgruntled Dancer Sue Club

By James Fanelli | December 20, 2013 6:52am
 Gillian Nashemer-Rowl and Natasha Louissaint were attacked by their coworker at Gallagher's 2000, according to a criminal complaint.
Gillian Nashemer-Rowl
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LONG ISLAND CITY — An exotic dancer who lost her gig at the Queens strip club Gallagher’s 2000 slashed two of her former coworkers with a box cutter, according to court papers.

The two victims, Gillian Nashemer-Rowl and Natasha Louissaint, are now suing Gallagher’s, arguing that workers should have seen their attacker to the door.

Nashemer-Rowl and Louissaint, who describe themselves as “entertainers” in their lawsuit, said after Gallagher’s management gave dancer Genise McGruder the boot, it should have escorted her out of the club to ensure their safety. Instead McGruder rushed them, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Bronx Civil Supreme Court.

“Nashemer-Rowl and Natasha Louissaint were assaulted, battered and maimed while lawfully at the premises due to the carelessness, recklessness and negligence of [Gallagher’s],” the lawsuit says.

Gallagher's management canned McGruder, 26, at about 2 p.m. on Oct. 10. Moments later she ran at Nashemer-Rowl and slashed her forehead, head, arm and hand, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

When Louissaint tried to intervene, McGruder cut her on the face, arm and shoulders, prosecutors said.

Both women suffered serious cuts and were rushed to a nearby hospital. Nashemer-Rowl needed 27 stitches, and Louissaint got 10 stitches, according to prosecutors.

McGruder was arrested and charged with two felonies, including assault with a weapon with the intention to cause injury. She was also charged with a misdemeanor for criminal possession of a weapon. Her next court appearance is Feb. 19.

The lawsuit names PRP Restaurant Inc. and Potenza LLC, the two holding companies that own and operate Gallagher’s. A club worker who identified himself as the manager declined to comment on the lawsuit.

When reached at her apartment in Baychester, Nashemer-Rowl declined to comment.

Louissaint could not be reached for comment, and the women's lawyer, David Kremen, did not respond to inquiries.