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Serge Becker Outed as Fraud

by on Jul.21, 2010, under NYC, The Press

Standup guy: Derek Sanders with his wife, Calvin Klein Collection president Michelle Kessler-Sanders. Photo via

Despite several years of embattled restaurateur Serge Becker identifying himself repeatedly to the media as the primary co-owner of La Esquina, as well as duping convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin into believing he was also a co-owner,  the real owners James Gersten and Derek Sanders have come clean with an announcement dissociating themselves from Becker.  It doesn’t mention why they never came forward to publicly address numerous public accusations of rape, assault & battery and terroristic threats against their customers including Argentine journalist Alberto Armendáriz, by staff including alleged threats to commit rape by La Esquina doorman Dominic Chianese, Jr., an aspiring actor, stand-up comedian and son of Sopranos actor Dominic Chianese.

James Gersten with his interior decorator wife Analisse Taft. Photo via

Gersten and Sanders also repeatedly refused to acknowledge or accept certified letters sent to them by the lawyer of a least one La Esquina complainant (guess which one). Then-City Council Speaker Christine Quinn also called attention to these issues, including the fact that the owners were hiring security staff who were not licensed security guards as New York City law requires.

Gersten and Sanders’ wives have yet to publicly  weigh in on the rape allegations at their husbands’ establishments, but certainly Michelle is enjoying her lovely new home paid for by her husband’s victimized customers.

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Serge Becker: Night Stalker

Why Becker took the heat for Gersten and Sanders by pretending to be the La Esquina owner while they remained silent during these controversies, and why he duped Lochin into going along for the ride, remains a mystery…


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Serge Becker’s Staff Assault Latino Reporter

by on Sep.19, 2007, under NYC, The Press

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Serge Becker: public enemy #1. He is repped by publicist Nadine Johnson.

Serge Becker and his private security force (the NYPD with its mission to serve and protect the rich who stood by and did nothing) still haven’t changed a bit. They’re still up to their same old fun and games; this time with a Latino reporter at Club 205. Ironic that the business partner of a Mexican restaurant (nearby La Esquina) would condone the assault of a reporter from a Mexican newspaper.

Read more about this cockroach’s shenanigans here.



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