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A STAR-STUDDED STRIP CLUB PROBE
GEORGE RUSH AND JOANNA RUSH MOLLOY WITH JO PIAZZA AND CHRIS ROVZAR.
New York, N.Y.: Dec 19, 2005. pg. 20
Investigators probing alleged racketeering at the Crazy Horse Too strip
club have questioned several of its star patrons, including George
Clooney, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, sources tell us.
The feds have wanted to talk with all of them about Rick Rizzolo, Crazy
Horse Too's owner.
Rizzolo's lawyer, Tony Sgro, confirmed the FBI "has interviewed some of
Mr. Rizzolo's celebrity friends," to pressure him into cooperating.
The feds "have tried to make those friends nervous in order to cause
those friendships to end," says Sgro. "To suggest that any of those
friends know anything with regard to the Crazy Horse is absurd."
Rizzolo made Clooney's acquaintance while the actor was shooting
"Ocean's 11," which featured a scene at the Crazy Horse.
De Niro visited the club while he was shooting "Casino," but one pal
says, "He wouldn't know Rizzolo from Adam."
For almost a decade, Rizzolo has been under investigation for alleged
tax evasion and ties to organized crime, according to published
reports. One longtime Rizzolo associate told the FBI that the club
owner has dined several times with Chicago mob boss Joey (The Clown)
Lombardo, whose brother, Rocco, used to work at the Crazy Horse.
Convicted felon Vincent Faraci, son of Bonanno family captain "Johnny
Green" Faraci, has also been on the Crazy Horse payroll.
Rizzolo has argued that he's been targeted partly because of his
friendship with Joey Cusumano, an associate of slain
mobster Tony (The Ant) Spilotro.
Small world: Pesci, who's remained friendly with Rizzolo, played a
character based on Spilotro in "Casino." Spilotro's former attorney
Oscar Goodman, who's now mayor of Las Vegas, even talked with Pesci
about collaborating on a nightclub.
Like Spilotro, Pesci's character ended up beaten with a baseball bat
and buried in a cornfield. As it happens, Rizzolo pleaded guilty in
1985 to using a baseball bat to attack a Crazy Horse patron. Sgro said
Rizzolo was just defending himself from several "unruly customers" who
attacked him with the bat.
Pesci has not been accused of any wrongdoing. But a well-placed source
says the FBI talked to him about "what he saw at the Crazy Horse —
anything in terms of drugs, prostitution, violence."
Pesci's lawyer, Jay Julien, didn't return calls last week.
"Joe likes to rub shoulders with the boys," says one source. "He thinks
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