Before Jennifer Lopez was offering Constance Wu pointers on how to grip a stripper pole with ease, former real-life strip club employees Samantha Barbash and Roselyn Keo and company were unknowingly committing the misdeeds that would soon become fodder for a Hollywood feature. Seemingly flawless, their cunning scheme targeted married men who worked on Wall Street, as the consequences of filing formal complaints or having the Mrs. In the end, the core quartet—Barbash and Keo, plus exotic entertainers Karina Pascucci and Marsi Rosen—were all arrested and charged. It is based on a article written by Jessica Pressler for New York magazine. Below, we catch up with the ladies, all of whom were indeed able to avoid jail time. Well, for the most part anyway.
'Hustlers' Movie vs. the True Story and the Real Women Behind It
The Hustlers true story reveals that Samantha, who is portrayed by Jennifer Lopez in the movie, developed a scheme that she called "marketing," which is more commonly known as "fishing. The idea basically involved three steps. Go fishing by cold-calling a wealthy strip club client and tempting him with alluring texts and selfies. Have one of the girls, usually Karina Pascucci or Marsi Rosen, meet up with the client, ply him with drinks and substances, and then convince him to come to the strip club usually with the help of other girls who've arrived. Once at the club, have multiple girls work him and wear out his credit card, making the strip club a lot of money while keeping a sizable commission. Going fishing also included searching for wealthy married men at bars in New York City's Financial District.
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Roselyn Keo begins our chat by citing Oprah. Lo-led film, Hustlers , out today. In it, Constance Wu plays Destiny, a character inspired by Keo and her real story as a dancer turned Madam—one who swindled wealthy strip club clientele for more than just their sweaty wads of dollar bills.
O n June 11, , four women and one man were indicted for allegedly drugging men and charging thousands of dollars on their credit cards at New York City clubs. Keo, who was sentenced to five years probation in , was in Toronto to watch her own story play out onscreen in Hustlers , a new movie from writer-director Lorene Scafaria, which premiered at the festival on Sept. The women recounted a deep friendship which turned to sisterhood which then turned dark.