FindLaw Consumer Center The case has focused on allegations that Kaplan and trusted employees paid club dancers to have sex with athletes and other celebrities to raise the club's profile. An attorney for Starks told CNN that Starks, if called to testify, would confirm he had sex with Gold Club strippers "a long time ago" before he "re-dedicated his life to Christ.
He testified Kaplan arranged for dancers to have sex with the players in private rooms at club, in the players' hotel rooms and even sent dancers to the Knicks' training camp in South Carolina to meet geprgia players.
Toronto Raptors star Antonio Davis was also named in the testimony. The defense argues that Sicignano was responsible for any prostitution that may have gone on in the club. Steve Sadow, Kaplan's attorney, told jurors in his opening statement that the case was built on "lies and prejudice" from witnesses "bought and paid for" by the government.
He called Kaplan a "legitimate, hard-working businessman. A property seizure law, RICO was deed to attack Mafia-style organized crime, but its application has been broad.
Prosecutors have used it flub target a wide range of businesses, from adult video and book store owners to politicians and union leaders. He is identified in the indictment as a captain in the Gambino crime family, though he has never been convicted of a crime.
All of the defendants have denied the charges and Kaplan is paying for their defense. Kaplan's attorneys have said that he knew nothing about sales of sex or drugs at the club.