The “#Sprayathon” Fourth of July event in the Hamptons was a party to remember – but not in the way that host Brett Barna might have hoped.
With news outlets – including this one – picking up the story of “thousands” of guests packing a lavish Sag Harbor estate, an outraged owner claiming that he intends to sue after an alleged $1 million in damages, and Barna losing his portfolio-manager position at Moore Capital Management, the situation has turned into a bona fide Wall Street scandal.
Though Barna stayed pretty mum in the wake of the news – because of shock, he said – he’s now finally given his side of the story to The New York Times. And it stands in stark contrast to what the owner, Omar Amanat, claimed previously.
“We raised money for charity,” Barna told The Times. “Nothing illegal happened, and no one complained.”
Barna, in his interview, accuses Amanat of misleading him when booking his five-day rental of the mansion through Airbnb for his fundraiser in support of Last Chance Animal Rescue, and then threatening him when he didn’t meet demands for more cash before and after the fact.
According to Barna, Amanat originally asked that the transaction be paid for in cash. Instead, Barna used Airbnb because he didn’t have the $27,000 on hand.
When he came to the property on July 2, he found out that another group of renters were already staying there. The party went on, however, kept to the exterior of the house, he says.
Then, Barna claims, he received demands for additional money. Barna refused to pay and disputed the Airbnb credit-card transaction because of the double booking with the other tenants.
Though Page Six said that Amanat – who was anonymous in the original report – intended to sue Barna for breaking into the house, trashing furniture, and destroying artwork, Barna claims that not a single guest even entered the home, and showed The Times images of before and after the party, proving that no damage was done to the house.
Barna also says that he hasn’t been served a lawsuit yet and still has not received any kind of formal complaint of alleged damages.