Broward’s most famous swingers club has been sued in connection with a crash in which a 54-year-old woman who allegedly spent the night at the partner-swapping sex club plowed into another car. Her two passengers were killed.
Driver Judith Khouri of Pompano Beach has not been charged in the March 26, 2017, crash on Commercial Boulevard, but Lauderhill police said in a preliminary report that she reeked of alcohol when she emerged from her wrecked Benz.
Killed in the 3 a.m. accident were married couple Benyamin Benyamin and Zafirt Benyamin. According to the complaint, the Benyamins partied with Khouri at Trapeze before the trio rode home in Khouri’s 1998 Mercedes.
At the wheel, Khouri allegedly failed to yield the right of way at a green light.
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The negligence lawsuit naming Trapeze as a co-defendant of Khouri was filed in December on behalf of the Benyamins’ young daughter.
Located in Tamarac, Trapeze attracts a number of celebrities and local swells, including judges and law enforcement agents, over the 20-plus years it’s been in business. Retired New York Mets star Darryl Strawberry was once photographed there with a bevy of scantily clad hotties at a time when he was supposed to be in rehab.
Interestingly, the club doesn’t sell liquor but has bartenders mixing and serving booze brought by members who pay up to $80 a night for access to the bar area — then the alcoves, giant beds and Jacuzzis in the back.
“Any establishment that sells or furnishes alcohol to patrons has a responsibility to the public,” said Sagi Shaked, a lawyer for the Benyamins’ estate.
According to Shaked’s complaint, Khouri “showed signs of intoxication for several hours” yet bartenders “continued to serve” Khouri until she left and crashed her car.
Trapeze’s lawyer didn’t respond to several attempts to obtain his comment. In his response to the complaint, he wrote that driver Benyamin Benyamin, a used-car dealer, was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
He, not Trapeze, was negligent, the answer reads.