Popular LA Country Club Sued

It seems like the elite in California can’t shake off their reputation for being out-of-touch and discriminatory.

The latest target of criticism is the ultra-exclusive Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, known for its predominantly white and wealthy Jewish members, including Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

A scathing lawsuit was filed against the club and its leaders, accusing them of being a “racist aristocracy” with “depraved standards.”

Attorney Alexander Winnick filed the suit on behalf of his brother Matthew Winnick, a member of the club who is “party to a biracial marriage.” The suit claims that the club has retaliated against Matthew when he complained about discriminatory behavior.

According to the lawsuit, Hillcrest has a history of exclusion, originally being founded as a club exclusively for the Jewish community and refusing admission to women for 67 years.

One member claimed that he was singled out and subjected to a racial insult by the club’s president, Jason Kaplan.

But it’s not just racial discrimination that is being alleged against Hillcrest. The lawsuit also accuses the club of nepotism, sexual assault, and drug abuse.

It names Hollywood producer Brad Fuller, who serves as Chair of the Membership Committee, as someone who “has built his career on creating pornographic and violent films that glorify murder and reinforce harmful stereotypes.”

And let’s not forget Michael Flesch, a former club president, who is accused of using his position to secure membership for his son, an addict who allegedly had a psychotic meltdown while on drugs.

Also a member of this ‘illustrious’ country club is Kamala Harris’ husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

According to the Dailymail,

The club – known for having mostly white Jewish members, including Emhoff – has also been accused of nepotism and disregarding reports of sexual assault and drug abuse.

VP Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff reportedly told the Los Angeles Times that Hillcrest is one of their favorite places.

The response from Hillcrest’s attorney is hardly surprising—deny, deny, deny. But the lawsuit’s lack of evidence and substance doesn’t bode well for the Winnick brothers’ claims.