The season premiere of ABC 20/20 is lastly right here. Season 44 begins tonight with a deep dive into the Chippendales murders, involving the dying of former Chippendales choreographer Nick de Noia and the try on dancer Read Scot and others, orchestrated by the Chippendales founder, Steve Banerjee.
The two-hour premiere begins at 9:01 p.m. Eastern time, in line with an ABC 20/20 press launch.
Chippendales Associate Producer Candace Mayeron advised Elle Magazine that rigidity had been constructing between de Noia and Banerjee, which reached its height after de Noia retained the touring rights to Chippendales and a number of other former dancers left the troupe to launch Adonis, a competing all-male unique dance crew. It took years for investigators to collect sufficient proof to cost Banerjee.
Here’s what you’ll want to know:
Banerjee Was First Charged With Murder Attempts on Read Scot, a Former Dancer, & Competing Manager Steve White
The Los Angeles Times reported in 1994 that Banerjee was first charged with the tried homicide plot, and his fees had been later expanded to incorporate the homicide of de Noia, which occurred years earlier.
Lynn Bressler, who glided by the code identify, “Strawberry,” advised the FBI he had been employed as a hitman to kill Adonis’ supervisor, Steve White, and Read Scot, in line with the Independent. However, Bressler advised the FBI that the primary goal was White, in line with the Independent.
Scot is amongst those that can be interviewed on 20/20 tonight, in line with an ABC 20/20 press launch. Read extra about his life at this time right here. You may also learn extra concerning the homicide of de Noia right here and about Banerjee and the case in opposition to him right here.
Mayeron, a Close Friend of de Noia, Shared About Their Friendship, His Murder & Her Time With Chippendales
Chippendales Associate Producer Candace Mayeron spoke to Elle Magazine about her time with Chippendales and concerning the homicide that rocked the dance troupe and firm.
“My job wasn’t as straightforward as individuals would possibly assume,” she stated within the article. “But essentially the most tough second was having to inform my guys that Nick, whom lots of the Chippendales males regarded upon as a father determine, had been murdered.”
Mayeron stated within the article that she and de Noia had change into “very shut,” and so they had dinner collectively a number of nights earlier than he was killed.
“A pair days later, I used to be on the telephone with Nick when he abruptly stated, ‘I am unable to discuss, I bought to go.’ That was our final telephone name ever. I consider we had been really speaking when his assassin walked in,” she stated. She advised Elle a show was ongoing when she discovered he was killed about an hour later.
The ABC 20/20 press launch says:
The season 44 premiere of “20/20” dives deep into the darkish historical past of greed, paranoia and homicide behind the rise of male unique dance troupe Chippendales, which grew to become a world cultural phenomenon within the 80s and 90s. By creating Chippendales, Steve Banerjee discovered the success and fortune he at all times craved — however his ambition was insatiable. “20/20” paperwork the harrowing tales of how Banerjee conspired to eradicate those that he believed bought in his approach, together with the surprising murder-for-hire plots in opposition to shut enterprise associates and a competing male dance troupe, and an alleged blackmail operation in opposition to an aggrieved patron of the membership who sued the group for racial discrimination. “20/20” additionally experiences on how, over the course of 15 years, Banerjee’s obsession with wealth and management in the end led to his personal demise. The two-hour program options never-before-seen footage in addition to interviews with Scott Garriola, a retired FBI particular agent, who performed a serious position in catching and arresting Banerjee; Read Scot, a former Chippendales dancer who opens up about being the goal in a thwarted murder-for-hire plot; and Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, historian and host of “Welcome To Your Fantasy,” a well-liked podcast on Chippendales. The particular additionally contains interviews with former Chippendales dancers, producers and staff; Banerjee’s enterprise associates; and household and buddies of these impacted. “20/20” airs on Friday, Oct. 8 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.