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Shafted Club Workers Go Plumm-Ing For Dollars

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“Plumm Pudding” was the Page Six headline in April when Noel Ashman closed his 14th Street club the Plumm, citing inherited debts, a tough landlord, and the horrid recession. But at least one of the club’s ex-employees–a certain Ivy Supersonic (aka Ms. Superstein)–feels there was foul play in depriving staffers of their cash, and she’s not gonna take it anymore.

She deserves a bundle just for putting together all the following incensed emails through the years, many of them highlighting the various empty promises and stiffed feelings involved in the pruning of the Plumm.

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    Dear Ms. Superstein:

    We would like to request that all of The Plumm’s employees who believe they
    were affected by the employer’s alleged illegal practices come to our offices
    to file official complaints. They can come in as a group on the same date/time,
    and we will assist them in filing their complaints. We are located at 75 Varick
    Street, 7th Fl, New York, NY10013. Our business hours are Monday thru Friday
    from 9 AM to 5 PM. If they cannot come during these hours, we can make arrangements
    to accommodate their needs.

    Complaints for unpaid wages, meaning the employee received no wages for hours
    worked, cannot be completed by mail. The complainant must come to our offices
    to file the claim. Minimum wage complaints, such as failure to pay overtime,
    tip appropriation, failure to pay state minimum wage, can be filed by mail.
    We just need the complete name and address of these individuals so that the
    necessary forms can be sent to them. However, we encourage individuals to
    come to our offices to avoid confusion when filling out the form(s), and to
    obtain detailed statements. When filing a claim, we ask the complainants to
    bring any documentation in their possession that may substantiate their allegations
    (i.e.: bounced checks, time records, pay stubs, cash receipts, etc).

    Sincerely,
    Cloty J. Ortiz
    Senior Labor Standards Investigator

    Subject: Josh Moltane sent you a message on Facebook…

    Sent: Jun 6, 2009 9:44 AM

    Josh sent you a message.

    Re: tell me what noel ashman did to u

    “He owes me around $2000.00 in credit card tips.”

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    ——————– To: Ivy Supersonic
    Subject: CaliGraham

    He never even showed me any paychecks so that I would know how much he owed
    me. But after taking some tips away from me I’m guessing a little over 2 grand.

    My name is Amanda Gerry. I worked as a bartender at The Plumm from September
    2006 to November 2008. The Plumm was nightclub owned by Noel Ashman, located
    at 246 West 14th Streetin Manhattan.

    Around June of 2008, to my understanding, The Plumm began going through financial
    difficulties. Paychecks started bouncing when I attempted to deposit them in
    the bank. Bartender paychecks consisted of hourly pay, $4.60 an hour, as well
    as credit card tips, which were a huge chunk of our earnings. Eventually, Noel
    and managers told me, as well as the rest of The Plumm staff, not to deposit
    or cash our paychecks but to bring them into work to get them cashed out by
    the club at the end of the night.

    Then weeks would come when I was given excuses by Noel and managers that they
    couldn’t cash out my paycheck because rent was due next week, or they needed
    to buy liquor, which were clearly not my problems, and where issues that the
    money from my paycheck should obviously not be used to resolve.

    Before I left The Plumm in early November, I went to there to speak with the
    day secretary Nicole on October 27th to add up all of my paychecks they owed
    me, which they kept in an envelope in the office. It was then that I noticed
    that some of my paychecks were “missing”! I keep all of my paystubs, so I calculated
    the weeks I was missing and asked Nicole to reprint them for me.

    On the weekend of November the 13th, I quit my bartender job at The Plumm.
    I had enough of not getting paid at this point, even though I wish I would
    have called it quits evens sooner when I realized exactly how much money I
    was owed. It was that weekend that one of the managers, Tim Spuches, told me
    he was going to put me on a payment plan where I would be given $400.00 a week
    every Friday night until all of the money I was owed was given to me.

    December 5th was the first of four of these visits. Spuches told me to come
    to The Plumm around 2:30 am. I waited around until after close, 4:00 am, and
    was told I could not ge

    Subject: Ekaterina Pavicevic sent you a message on Facebook…

    Sent: Jun 5, 2009 7:09 PM

    Ekaterina sent you a message.

    Re: Ekaterina, please tell me what noel ashman did to u

    “Noel Ashman owes me 2000$ my credit card tips!Why???”

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    Subject: Noel Did Brain Politizer on Manray

    Sent: Jun 10, 2009 7:36 PM

    Noel the guy who opens clubs takes investors money and disappears slowly

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 5:23 PM
    To: ivy supersonic
    Subject: Re: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    From reporter baird jones who passed away last year

    your bonanza is the fake studio 54 dentist office if that is where rossa did
    the photos

    I have a friend at ny mag named DanielMaurer

    I will call him

    you want to stretch this back to studio 54 to show the pattern of fraud

    that club was open a year and rossa did the photos before it opened, was not
    paid from day one

    how can the bankruptcy be the excuse so much later?????

    I see a cover story here with all those incredible hats you have etc

    —– Original Message —–

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 5:52 PM
    To: ivy supersonic
    Subject: Re: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    the guy who owns the studio 54 building who will tell you what a fraud the
    ashman 54 was

    josh hadar

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 5:10 PM
    To: ivy supersonic
    Subject: Re: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    please keep my role in this just between us or I cannot help you, my role has
    to be confidential, don’t let doug know i gave you his email address or suggested
    that you contact him

    —– Original Message —–

    From:ivy supersonic

    To:’baird jones’

    Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 5:06 PM

    Subject: RE: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 7:21 AM
    To: ivy supersonic
    Subject: Re: if I’m in jail

    my sense is that Plumm makes no profit as a company and that Noel hopes to
    sell it and then divide out the profit to return the small investment made
    by the celeb partners

    apparently Noth is happy with his deal because there is talk that they may
    do something together in Las Vegasbecause they traveled there together recently
    to look at franchising and when I saw Noth at Plumm recently he seemed to be
    a happy camper

    I believe Noel gets paid a handsome salary and a big expense account which
    is what upset his former partners at NA leading to accusations of skimming
    and padded expenses which they were unable to prove

    Michael James and others get paid incredible amounts to bring in underage models
    who drink for free at the tables as shills who then lure in big spenders so
    that when the club makes 30T they could have 15T in expenses, but when it rains
    or some other bummer, they still have the 15T expenses. they pay Rubenstein
    a huge amount of money which is where you come in, nothing nothing nothing
    hurts them worse than bad PR

    Dechert is your key guy here, did he get back to you?

    —– Original Message —–

    From:ivy supersonic

    To:’baird jones’

    Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 10:53 PM

    Subject: RE: if I’m in jail

    Chuck zito says i’m going to jail and do I like women and hell visit————please
    stay on this I want u to crucify noel and hang him from a cross please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    drag in his celebrity partners———-if noel is robbing all of us that means
    his partner noth- bo deital-Damon dash they r all robbing us too

    Find out if noel is robbing them too if they’ve seen any return on their investment

    Open noels books———where is that money going?? Does he pretend to pay
    everyone and then pocket the money??

    Shut him the fuck down he’s putting me in jail cops r staking the Friggin zeckendorf
    where I live

    I was told cornellus would set me up and tape our phone call- we spoke Friday
    at 930 pm 2 under covers came at 1030 pm

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 6:12 PM
    To: ivy supersonic
    Subject: Re: if i’m in jail

    yeah I know but it makes him worthless as someone who knows anything and we
    do not want him talking with spencer because that story has two sides

    dechert is key

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 2:37 PM
    To:ivysupersonic@nyc.rr.com
    Subject: Re: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    this is somewhat old contact info but this was Noel’s partner at NA who got
    screwed and had to split and rumor has it lost a fortune

    he would know promoters who got screwed and of course he has his own story
    to tell

    From: Roca, John
    Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 11:28 AM
    To:ivysupersonic@nyc.rr.com
    Subject: Noel Ashman

    Hey Girl, I rear your email as well as the intem in Rush and Malloy page. You
    should know Ashman that cockwalloper never paid me for the STudio 54 that were
    on display at the reopened upstairs Studio 54. Call me if you
    need to sperak with me. Best Wishes JR

    —–Original Message—–

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 7:45 PM
    To:ivysupersonic@nyc.rr.com
    Subject:

    I have this interview on tape

    Erik Mayor is a well known young promoter

    BJ: Do you think Plumm is honest?

    Erik Mayor Actually no

    BJ: Have you worked with them?

    Erik Mayor: Yes

    BJ: Did you get paid?

    Erik Mayor: Actually no

    BJ: What are you doing about it?

    Erik Mayor: My attorney has this litigation right now to get the money. I
    did three events then I realized I had to get the hell out. The party was
    called ‘Plumm Thursdays after work.’ I was supposed to get paid hundred percent
    of the door and twenty percent of the bar after five thousand. The door made
    around three thousand and we got the door but we did not get the bar which
    fluctuated between four and nine thousand dollars. So we are looking for six
    thousand dollars give and take. We are adding in attorney’s fees so we are
    looking for eight thousand dollars. Plumm turned over the party to another
    p—–romoter with the same deal. Noel Ashman is so rich from real estate
    and his other ventures that he is at a point right now where is untouchable
    and he has his soldiers running the operation.

    Ekaterina sent you a message.

    Re: Ekaterina, please tell me what noel ashman did to u

    “Noel Ashman owes me 2000$ my credit card tips!Why???”

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 4:47 PM
    To: ivy supersonic
    Subject: Re: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    I read it, you came across brilliantly, noel met his match big time

    —– Original Message —–

    From:ivy supersonic

    To:’baird jones’

    Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 4:41 PM

    Subject: RE: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    Did u read spencers article-noel owes nobody nuthin

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 4:37 PM
    To:ivysupersonic@nyc.rr.com
    Subject: Re: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    rossa got ripped off at veruka so studio 54 was not involved

    —– Original Message —–

    From:Ivy SuperSonic

    To:bairdjones@msn.com

    Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 12:03 AM

    Subject: Noel Ashman is Busted -NY Observer

    From: baird jones [mailto:bairdjones@msn.com]
    Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 2:53 PM
    To:ivysupersonic@nyc.rr.com
    Subject:

    hi

    re your situation with Plumm it is a SLA violation for them to have strippers
    and they have them at the club all the time, so this could be an angle you
    could pursue vigorously. Technically each stripper should be a separate violation
    since the club is not within the zoned area for stripping

    Fat’s in the fire: Tempers flare over Atkins estate – Rush …

    Salvail wants one thing for her birthday: strippers. So Plumm owner Noel Ashman
    has handpicked a dozen pole dancers from Scores West to keep her happy. …
    www.nydailynews.com/gossip/rush_molloy/2007/04/05/2007-04-05_fats_in_the_fire_tempers_flare_over_atki.html
    – 73k – Cached – Similar pages

    Kevin Takes The Sponge Road

    Later at Plumm – where Briggs partied with Eddie House and Vince Carter of
    the …. THAT Axl Rose had 10 strippers from Headquarters at his after-concert

    www.nypost.com/seven/11152006/gossip/pagesix/pagesix_u.htm – 54k – Cached –
    Similar pages

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/12312007/gossip/pagesix/nycs_the_place_to_be_261472.htm

    He never even showed me any paychecks so that I would know how much he owed
    me. But after taking some tips away from me I’m guessing a

    Ohh ok gotcha. I never got as paycheck the whole time I worked there. He would
    take my tips. He suspended me for a mistake the dj made

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    From: Rachel Landry

    To: Ivy Supersonic

    Subject: Noel Ashman Letter

    Sent: Jun 8, 2009 10:10 AM

    Ivy,

    Please see the attached letter about money Noel/The Plumm owes me in promotion
    fees. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do!!!!

    Rachel

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    Keith sent you a message.

    Re: keith please tell me what noel ashman did to u

    “HEY IVY I WORKED THE FRONT DOOR AT THE NOW DEFUNKED PLUMM (ASK244 LLC) WERE
    NOEL ASHMAN WAS THE OWNER AND YES HE DID TELL US TO KEEP YOU OUT OF THE VENUE
    AND TO ALERT THE POLICE IF YOU EVER CAME AROUND NOEL ASHMAN OWES HIS EMPLOYEES
    ATLEAST 5 WEEKS OF PAY HE IS THE WORST PERSON DO DO BUSINESS WITH I KNOW SO
    MUCH DIRT ABOUT WHAT HE HAS DONE W THE PLUMM AND HOW HE MAKES UP STORIES TO
    PUT IN THE NEWSPAPERS I MIGHT AS WELL BEEN A WRITER IN PAGE 6 HE USED THE INFORMATION
    THAT I PUT TOGETHER TO USE FOR HIS CLUB AND HE EXPLOITED THE FEW CELEBS THAT
    CAME TO HIS CLUB SO WHY I HATE NOEL HE OWES ME MONEY”

    Fabiana sent you a message.

    Re: fabiana, please tell me what noel ashman did to u

    “I already sued him and won but didn’t get pay. He owes me $900 since september
    of 2008.”

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    Subject: James Coppola sent you a message on Facebook…

    Sent: Jun 5, 2009 9:11 PM

    James sent you a message.

    Re: james please tell me what noel ashman did to u

    “ohhh i like you already. i marched 50 people out the front door when i left.
    pales in comparison but not bad for drama.”

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    Subject: Juda Honickman sent you a message on Facebook…

    Sent: Jun 5, 2009 8:25 PM

    Juda sent you a message.

    Re: juda, what did noel ashman do to u

    Between me and my partner and one other promoter that I know of, he owes us
    around 5 grand.

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