First Time Phone Call Is Heard Telling Homeowner To Move To “White Supremacist” Neighborhood.
“Move To Mizner Country Club And Life Will Be Much Better For You.”
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UPDATE: THURSDAY, JAN 14, 2021: The attorney for Rachel Tannenholz has requested to make a statement regarding the telephone call recording that remains available through the federal court filing system. We are running the statement in its entirety. The statement is solely from Attorney Deborah Klingsberg who is representing Rachel Tannenholz. Her statement is verbatim and not fact checked. We will provide the same courtesy to the attorney for Deborah LaGrasso.
From Attorney Debbie Klingsberg:
“It is important to understand the context of LaGrasso’s phone call to Rachel and why I requested it it not be re-published. In the two weeks leading up to the call, Deborah LaGrasso made numerous postings on her anonymous Facebook page criticizing the Seven Bridges restaurant, the HOA and various individuals in the community. Some of these posts were anti-Semitic in nature, including a post that wearing an “I Love Jews” shirt to the next board meeting may cause people to listen to her and another with a picture of religious jews dancing with the caption “HOA pay day.” When Rachel replied with a comment suggesting that the anonymous poster move from the community if the poster was so unhappy, Rachel was attacked with posts calling her a Jewish call girl and community stripper. LaGrasso also messaged Rachel on Facebook with more rude comments. Once the identity of the anonymous poster was disclosed by another individual to be Deborah LaGrasso, Rachel went to LaGrasso’s house to request the post about her be taken down. The following day LaGrasso telephoned Rachel and illegally taped the call without Rachel’s consent. While the conversation was 18 minutes long, the snippet that has since been removed was only a three minute portion of the call. What the snippet failed to capture from the actual conversation is, among other things, Rachel repeatedly asking why LaGrasso was telephoning her and Rachel defending herself against the malicious anti-Semitic attack she was being forced to endure. Rachel’s comments about religion during the call were made in direct response to LaGrasso’s earlier posts and messages denigrating and disparaging others on the basis of their Jewish religion. ”
UPDATE SUNDAY, JAN 10, 2021: We have temporarily removed the audio file as an attorney for Rachel Tannenholz believes it was erroneously released by attorneys for the Seven Bridges Homeowners Association in the federal court filing system. Read more, here.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — BocaNewsNow.com has obtained one of the telephone calls that allegedly pits Seven Bridges homeowner Rachel Tannenholz against fellow homeowner Deborah LaGrasso. The recording is part of a federal lawsuit against the Seven Bridges Homeowner’s Association.
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In the recording, the woman identified as Tannenholz is clearly heard telling the other woman, identified as LaGrasso, that Seven Bridges is largely Jewish and that she should move to another community like “Mizner Country Club.”
“(You need to move to) some white supremacist neighborhood,” said the woman identified as Tannenholz.
(Ed. Note: There is no suggestion that Mizner Country Club is a White Supremacist neighborhood). (If you are reading this in a news app and the audio does not appear, click here to hear the recording).
LaGrasso is suing the Seven Bridges Homeowner’s Association for federal housing discrimination. The lawsuit stems from the alleged actions of the Seven Bridges Board of Directors.
LaGrasso — who isn’t Jewish — was involved in a tennis court altercation after her children were allegedly verbally assaulted by women who claimed control of the tennis courts. The Board of Directors sanctioned LaGrasso for the altercation. LaGrasso, exercising her first amendment rights, later posted unflattering comments about the Board and the community on social media, leading the HOA to sanction her again. LaGrasso ultimately was fined $5,000 and prohibited from using the community’s amenities for a year.
LaGrasso claims that she was discriminated against because Tannenholz — who apparently engaged in a campaign against LaGrasso — wasn’t sanctioned at all. Tannenholz is Jewish.
Tannenholz was a defendant in the federal suit but was removed late last year when the judge ruled Tannenholz — as an individual — can’t be a defendant in a federal housing discrimination matter.
LaGrasso seeks $7M from the Seven Bridges Homeowners Association. The case, which a judge refused to dismiss weeks ago, is set for trial in the spring.
Tannenholz has a separate lawsuit against LaGrasso, in state court, for violation the “security of communication act” and “malicious prosecution.”
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