The Long Island nursing home striptease that caused an uproar among its patients' families was really the idea of the facility's residents, a lawyer told The New York Post.
"The home has an activities panel of 16 people -- residents -- who actually voted to have this event," Howard Fensterman, the attorney representing the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, told the paper. "They welcomed it, and it looks like they had a good time."
He said the residents pitched in $250 of their own money for the dancers.
Fensterman's comments came after the son of a former resident at the nursing home sued the center after his mother was subjected to a striptease.
"They welcomed it, and it looks like they had a good time."
- Howard Fensterman, the nursing home's lawyer
The 85-year-old resident is seen in a photo slipping a dollar bill into the underwear of a man as he hovers over her, MyFoxNY.com reported.
When the woman's family questioned the strip show, their outrage was ignored, according to the lawsuit. The son says he confronted a nurse who had the picture of his mom and the stripper, but she snatched the photo away.
The money the nursing home resident is seen holding in the photo was supposed to be under lock and key in a commissary account, according to the paper.
The suit claims the "vile" incident was done for the "perverse pleasure and enjoyment" of the staff.