Boozy Behavior of John Wayne and Alexis Bellino Cited in Suit Against Balboa Bay Club
Universal Pictures John Wayne could allegedly count on stiff drinks and no blowback at the Balboa Bay Club.
I suppose what Steve George is trying to say in his lawsuit filed Thursday that alleges his lifetime membership from the Balboa Bay Club was wrongfully revoked is that because John Wayne, Alexis Bellino and other noteworthy folks engaged in boozy behavior that did not get them tossed from the tony private club and condos in Newport Beach, he should not have been disciplined either.
But George, described as a successful local businessman, has added legal weight beyond breach of contract, arguing that the club violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act because he suffers from a medical disability.
The suit filed in Orange County Superior Court by Brian J. McCormack of Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana claims that the June 21 incident at the center of George's lost membership came as the result of being prescribed painkillers for a broken arm and being over-served alcohol by BBC bartenders.
Some kind of confrontation with staff ensued. (Officials or lawyers with the BBC could not be reached for comment.) George alleges he was kicked out of the club without warning and "slandered" by staff who claimed he had gotten into a physical fight because he was drunk. George claims his behavior was due more to the painkillers than the alcohol.
But the juiciest parts of his suit involve his allegations that BBC bartenders are trained to over-serve members alcohol and to look the other way at bad boozy behavior. Among those cited is deceased member John Wayne, who was obviously known to throw back a few (dozen?) but who George claims was unruly at the BBC as well.
George also singles out the infamous Fourth of July 2010 party at the BBC, where a dual stroller carrying two toddlers of then-Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Bellino rolled into the swimming pool. The lawsuit cites stories that circulated at the time--and were disputed by Jim and Alexis Bellino--that they were knocking back drinks and not paying attention to their children when the incident happened.