[Kristian Laliberte, such an upstanding gay citizen] It started with an angry tweet from social gay Kristian Laliberte, claiming The Georgica Restaurant & Lounge in East Hampton wouldn't kick out a high-rolling patron who allegedly verbally insulted him with an anti-gay tirade. When asked for specifics, Laliberte would not divulge, however, he readily took the opportunity to stump against the use of anti-gay words. The Georgica Management also declined comment, however, thankfully for two anonymous tipsters, we now have the other side of the story...
The First Account:
kristian was at georgica. he walked up to a table where he was not sitting and poured vodka in his glass. the guy who was at the table told kristian to leave the table. kristian got hysterical and started to say "do you know who i am?" the guy said, i don't care who you are this is our table get out of here. as kristian walked away the guy booted kristian in the ass. more of a playful thing then anything harmful.
kristian then went outside and was hysterically crying and threatening to call the police. The door people went inside to see what the problem was and was informed of the situation. Naeem (who is gay) asked the guy to apologize to Kristian to smooth things over, and he said he would. Note that nothing derogatory was said up until this point.
The patron went outside and tried to apologize but at this point Kristian was having none of it. He started to berate the guy, whom again he did not know, saying "you think because you're some spoiled rich kid you can get away with anything." The paying patron attempted to apologize a number of times before he got angry and started to yell at Kristian.
In all honesty, Kristian should have been the one kicked out. You do not go to others tables and scam their alcohol, especially in the Hamptons when bottles start at $700. When you are caught you should apologize and walk away. Kristian tried to play it another way and got caught.
The Second Account:
I was at Georgica and from what I saw Kristian went to the dancefloor area, and he poured champagne out of a customers magnum of champagne for him and his friend. He didn't know the customer, the customer and him got into an argument. The customer must have spent close to $2000 fr his bottle (and then a random person you don't know comes and starts pouring!) I wasn't there for the entire situation, but then Kristian demanded that the customer apologize, the customer apologized and then Kristian said to him "I don't accept your apology". I also heard Kristian didn't pay for his dinner or anything that night.
It appears that Kristian may have overplayed his hand on this one. Freeloading is one thing, but in these hard economic times a social can get only so far on five finger discounts. The only part where these accounts don't add up is whether it was vodka or champagne Laliberte tried to filch. We'll let the readers decide that one.
Tuesday, May 21
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.