The story is told through the eyes of Destiny, played by Wu, which was inspired by the story of Roselyn Keo. You know?”. What’s your Social Security number?’ ” At the end of the night, she calculated the breakdown. She used to be an average, stereotypical stripper, one who danced beside a pole day in, day out, to make ends meet. Booking Inquiries: email@example.com. Though some details of what the Special Narcotics Prosecutor called a “repugnant scheme” are altered for the film, Scafaria set out to be faithful to the story Pressler wrote, even cutting out the movie’s sound at one point when a recorder being used by the movie’s reporter (who is based on Pressler and played by Julia Stiles) is flipped off. A high-roller being entertained by just one woman found it easier to keep his spending within limits. Zyad Kivarkis Younan claimed “that he couldn’t possibly have rung up that high a bill without having been drugged,” the Post wrote, after Scores had sued the doctor to recoup the funds. When Scafaria read Pressler’s article, the filmmaker tells TIME, she “found it to be a fascinating friendship story at its core.” She says she knew that if she were to adapt this story for the screen, it had to come from Pressler’s article, rather than court documents and tabloids. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. “I am saving myself. After telling her story, Keo told a New York Magazine fact-checker she made everything up. A combination of ketamine, methylone (or “molly”) and cocaine was used to make them relax, have fun and forget, according to the indictment. Five years later, one of those women — Roselyn “Rosie” Keo, considered one of the scheme’s two ringleaders — posed for photographers at the Toronto International Film Festival. "I don't think I was a con woman," Keo said. Very poor writing and really just a summary of what we already know via google stretched out across a measly 100 pages. , Keo has scheduled her memoir, The Sophisticated Hustler, to be published in late 2019. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Roselyn Keo. This cautionary tale takes the reader behind the scenes of the Wall Street nightlife in New York City's most prominent gentlemen's clubs. “I don’t think she could handle it, because having an autistic child is a lot of work.”. She and Barbash were both sentenced to five years’ probation, while Rosen and Pascucci were sentenced to four months of weekends in jail and five years’ probation. Steven Hirsch The scheme’s mastermind, Samantha Barbash, 41, has yet to be sentenced. "I'm a businesswoman. By signing up you are agreeing to our, The Forty-Year-Old Version Is an Effervescent Look at an Artist Becoming True to Herself, ‘You Bet Your Ass I've Got Regrets.’ As Election Day Nears, More of Trump’s Former Officials Are Speaking Out Against Him, Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health and more, © 2020 TIME USA, LLC. Experience the truth from The Sophisticated Hustler, Roselyn Keo. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. Instead of having Hollywood narrate their version of who she really was, she decided to take charge and tell her version of what really happened. Marsi Rosen, and Samantha Barbash were part of a group of exotic dancers that was busted for scamming rich men. The movie proved to be an instant crowd-pleaser, grossing $33 million opening weekend (Friday, September 13, 2019). Law enforcement started tracking their activities in September 2014, and, in December 2014, Keo, Barbash, and three other individuals were arrested. Over at New York today you will find the insane story of two entrepreneurial ex-strippers named Roselyn Keo (AKA Rosie) and Samantha Foxx (née Barbash), who, after growing tired of the exotic dancing game, decided there was a lot more money to be made in targeting various men to come to Scores, drugging them, procuring their social security numbers, pairing them off with prostitutes, and then running their credit cards into the 6-figures. "You know, the harder you work … The women would allegedly steal tens of thousands of dollars off their victim and take incriminating photos, so later when men complained about the charges on their credit card the women could blackmail them. Once they arrived at one of the clubs, the women would run up his credit card. Want to know Roselyn Keo’s full life story??? Keo said back to him, “maybe when all this is said and done, I’ll take you out for a drink”. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Unlike her … When the target had enough female attention, and alcohol, to be suggestible, several beautiful confederates would show up, and cajole him to taking them to a strip club. “They had history. Maybe a 2nd book?? To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Keo said she remembered how much she took from Fred, it added up to $17,000. Five years later, one of those women — Roselyn “Rosie” Keo, considered one of the scheme’s two ringleaders — posed for photographers at the Toronto International Film Festival. This book was terrible. Get your AUTOGRAPHED copy now! Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Keo has been a lifelong hustler. This might have been a blessing in disguise, which she would not realize until later. “We cleaned him out completely,” Keo told the magazine. While Roselyn Keo is enjoying time in the limelight from Hustlers, Karina Pascucci and Marsi Rosen are avoiding it, and Samantha Barbash is considering suing. Barbash turned away from stripping and found that “fishing” (or “marketing,” as she called it) was much more lucrative. , Keo, like her former colleague Barbash, claims aspects of the film the inspired are inaccurate. One victim, given the pseudonym Fred in Pressler’s account (and Doug in Hustlers), met Barbash and Keo at a time of utter turmoil in his life: His house had been destroyed by a hurricane and he was separating from his wife. Keo took a break from the club scene to have a baby, and upon her return, she found the climate in her industry had changed. “It sounds so bad to say that we were, like, drugging people,” Keo told Pressler, adding that the men were very wealthy. It was true to an extent, her mind was on business and she was savvy in the industry in which she worked. However, when two or more beautiful women were paying attention to him, it was easier to distract him. (The NYPD never revealed the identity of the informant.) She changed the names of the leading women: Roselyn Keo becomes Destiny, played by Constance Wu; Jennifer Lopez’s character, Ramona, is inspired by Barbash; and their business partners, Karina Pascucci and Marsi Rosen, are loosely translated into Annabelle (Lili Reinhart) and Mercedes (Keke Palmer). Keo felt for Fred but was told by her fellow mastermind, Barbash, not to feel bad because if they didn’t do it somebody else would.  A team of producers that included Will Ferrell "snapped up" the film rights in February, 2016. STX films/John Parra/Getty Images. New York gentlemen's strip club Scores was where a gang of stealing strippers worked and where Kevin Rudd was caught leaving in 2007.Source:News Limited. I wasn’t like we pulled them off the street. The original version of this story misstated who confirmed that there was a sting operation in the investigation. On June 11, 2014, 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. Being an amazing mother to her daughter has been the most important job she has ever taken on. Roselyn Keo is a former exotic dancer, who joined in a team of friends she met at work, who enhanced their income by tricking men into overspending in strip clubs. Staff writers news.com.au January 4, 2016 10:34pm  The expose earned Pressler a National Magazine Award nomination. Rosie’s court date is scheduled for February. They’d been to Hustler, they’d been to Ricks and they’d been to Scores (strip clubs). Keo is now writing a book, which she told New York Magazine will be called The Sophisticated Hustler. Hustlers is based on Jessica Pressler’s December 2015 New York magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores,” for which the journalist interviewed both Keo and the scheme’s other leader, Samantha Foxx (née Barbash; this story will refer to her as Barbash since that is the name she went by at the time and the name listed in court documents). Write to Rachel E. Greenspan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would I have worked so hard, would I have hustled so hard, the way I did, knowing I had something to fall back on?”. STRIPPER Roselyn Keo explains why she stole tens of thousands of dollars off her “clients” in an explosive tell-all interview. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Marsi and Karina would only go so far, and prostitution was what Rosie and Samantha had joined the business to avoid. “They all walked in ready to party.”, The women’s scheme began to falter when men started to realize what had happened to them. - JESSICA PRESSLER, Author of the New York Magazine article, The Hustlers at Scores See the movie. Her newfound interest in becoming an equities trader. She started her entrepreneurship in grade school, where she would sell candy for a profit, said David Haskell, editor-in-chief of New York Magazine, which covered the scam involving Keo in 2015. It wasn’t much. We need to make it worth it.”, Samantha Barbash was the original ringleader behind the scam.Source:AP. 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Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $9.63 Shipping to Germany. the insane story of two entrepreneurial ex-strippers. Please try your request again later. Roselyn Keo really doesn’t want her picture taken outside the courtroom on March 31. They were allowed to keep all the money. She eventually learned the art of hustling from a young age and through all her life experiences. I had very high hopes when I ordered the book but unfortunately it was only 90-something pages long. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Roselyn Keo heads to court after being charges for stealing from wealthy men. “I was on the phone with American Express half the time verifying his last four digits of Social, his mother’s maiden name, his last purchases, and their name, and their location, and how much was being charged,” she said.