Book Babe's $1B Bias Suit for Busted Bash

Suit claims club didn't want to admit black and/or fat guests

By Hasani Gittens
|  Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009  |  Updated 12:44 PM EDT
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Book Babe's $1B Bias Suit for Busted Bash

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(L-R) Music promoter Dante Simpson and author Teri Woods attend the SMOOTH Magazine issue release party at HK Lounge on October 13, 2009 in New York City.

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Apparently the Greenhouse has a blacklist.

On what was supposed to be a night of celebration, author Teri Woods says she and her friends and family were humiliated when a tony SoHo nightclub denied them entrance -- allegedly because they were black.

Now a $1 billion class-action racial bias lawsuit has been filed against a popular nightclub on Varick Street.

Author Teri Woods, who is black, invited 175 guests to a signing for her new book, "Alibi," at Greenhouse in Manhattan on August 6.

But Woods said the majority of her black guests were barred from entering the club. And she said a handful of her guests who were white were allowed inside.

"They left all of my friends and family standing outside," Woods told the Daily News. "I had really serious people out there: lawyers, doctors and people in the entertainment industry... I was embarrassed."

Club owner Barry Mullineaux called the allegations "bogus." He declined further comment.

Woods said she has text messages sent from Mullineaux to Woods' party promoter.

In one message, the owner allegedly said he couldn't allow "300-pound girls" in the club.

"There was nobody out there who was fat," said Woods. "And even if there was a fat person, who cares?"

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