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Not-so-Petty cash to rock bat mitzvah ($10 million! for coming out party)
NY Daily News ^ | November 29, 2005

Posted on 11/30/2005 1:14:12 PM PST by NYer

History will forever record Elizabeth Brooks' bat mitzvah as "Mitzvahpalooza."

For his daughter's coming-of-age celebration last weekend, multimillionaire Long Island defense contractor David H. Brooks booked two floors of the Rainbow Room, hauled in concert-ready equipment, built a stage, installed special carpeting, outfitted the space with Jumbotrons and arranged command performances by everyone from 50 Cent to Tom Petty to Aerosmith.

I hear it was garish display of rock 'n' roll idol worship for which the famously irascible CEO of DHB Industries, a Westbury-based manufacturer of bulletproof vests, sent his company jet to retrieve Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from their Saturday gig in Pittsburgh.

I'm also told that in honor of Aerosmith (and the $2 million fee I hear he paid for their appearance), the 50-year-old Brooks changed from a black-leather, metal-studded suit - accessorized with biker-chic necklace chains and diamonds from Chrome Hearts jewelers - into a hot-pink suede version of the same lovely outfit.

The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from. Also on the bill were The Eagles' Don Henley and Joe Walsh performing with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks; DJ AM (Nicole Richie's fiance); rap diva Ciara and, sadly perhaps (except that he received an estimated $250,000 for the job), Kenny G blowing on his soprano sax as more than 300 guests strolled and chatted into their pre-dinner cocktails.

"Hey, that guy looks like Kenny G," a disbelieving grownup was overheard remarking - though the 150 kids in attendance seemed more impressed by their $1,000 gift bags, complete with digital cameras and the latest video iPod.

For his estimated $500,000, I hear that 50 Cent performed only four or five songs - and badly - though he did manage to work in the lyric, "Go shorty, it's your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it's your bat mitzvah."

At one point, I'm told, one of Fitty's beefy bodyguards blocked shots of his boss performing and batted down the kids' cameras, shouting "No pictures! No pictures!" - even preventing Brooks' personal videographers and photographers from capturing 50 Cent's bat-miztvah moment.

"Fitty and his posse smelled like an open bottle of Hennessy," a witness told told me, adding that when the departing rapper prepared to enter his limo in the loading dock, a naked woman was spotted inside.

I'm told that Petty's performance - on acoustic guitar - was fabulous, as was the 45-minute set by Perry and Tyler, who was virtuosic on drums when they took the stage at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

Henley, I hear, was grumpy at the realization that he'd agreed to play a kids' party.

I'm told that at one point Brooks leapt on the stage with Tyler and Perry, who responded with good grace when their paymaster demanded that his teenage nephew be permitted to sit in on drums. At another point, I'm told, Tyler theatrically wiped sweat off Brooks' forehead - and then dried his hand with a flourish.

Yesterday, Brooks disputed many details provided to me by Lowdown spies at the affair and by other informed sources, scrawling on a fax to me: "All dollar figures vastly exaggerated."

He added: "This was a private event and we do not wish to comment on details of the party."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: anobscenegesture; batmitzvah; defensecontract; longisland; millionaire
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1 posted on 11/30/2005 1:14:13 PM PST by NYer
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To: NYer
the 50-year-old Brooks changed from a black-leather, metal-studded suit - accessorized with biker-chic necklace chains and diamonds from Chrome Hearts jewelers - into a hot-pink suede version of the same lovely outfit

This guy is a defense contractor? He's definitely a security risk, since he's out of his backflipping mind.

2 posted on 11/30/2005 1:15:59 PM PST by wideawake
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To: NYer

Can you say excessive!? Call me cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if this daughter ends up like Paris Hilton.


3 posted on 11/30/2005 1:16:05 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: NYer

Oy gevalt!


4 posted on 11/30/2005 1:16:30 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers (The Kerry/Lehane/Wilson/Grunwald/Cooper plot to destroy Karl Rove has failed!)
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To: NYer
Henley, I hear, was grumpy at the realization that he'd agreed to play a kids' party.

But he cashed the check anyway.

5 posted on 11/30/2005 1:16:45 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

I wish this girls future husband all the best, for a well adjusted bride...heh


6 posted on 11/30/2005 1:17:54 PM PST by catbertz
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To: wideawake

Oy vey! What a meshugana!


7 posted on 11/30/2005 1:19:09 PM PST by tuff_schlitz (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

I don't care if Tom Petty's playing or not, bats skeeve me out.

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

8 posted on 11/30/2005 1:19:38 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Pyro7480
Can you say excessive!? Call me cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if this daughter ends up like Paris Hilton.

I am sure that by now, Paris Hilton earns more than she spends. The TV show, the makeup or whatever, the promotional work, etc all bring in money. This girl almost certainly won't be as productive as Paris Hilton.

Paris Hilton may be a skank, and may be rich, but she's used those to apparently become financially independent.

9 posted on 11/30/2005 1:19:41 PM PST by Koblenz (Holland: a very tolerant country. Until someone shoots you on a public street in broad daylight...)
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To: NYer

I'm glad my kid was happy (well, satisfied) I took her to Wendy's and played lazer tag with her and a half dozen close friends for her 16th.


10 posted on 11/30/2005 1:20:06 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (I will prevail.)
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To: NYer

how much of this will appear as corporate tax writeoffs?

The IRS should be all over this story. All over it.


11 posted on 11/30/2005 1:20:44 PM PST by oceanview
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To: catbertz

She'll run off with a unemployed goy in 5 years.


12 posted on 11/30/2005 1:21:00 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: NYer
OK Googlers. I did a search and found this:

Doubt it's her...lmao.

13 posted on 11/30/2005 1:21:34 PM PST by chemicalman (Many have skeletons in their closets. In New Orleans, we have skeletons in our attics.)
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To: NYer

Absolutely 100% excessive.

I wish I had been invited.


14 posted on 11/30/2005 1:22:17 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: dead
Henley's a used-up bastard.

He sued a disabled war vet named Don Henley for "cybersquatting" because this vet had registered the URL www.donhenley.com as his own noncommercial personal website.

15 posted on 11/30/2005 1:23:06 PM PST by wideawake
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To: NYer
Fitty and Petty and Aerosmith and Don Henley and Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks and Kenny G?

Yeah, that's overkill, a little bit.

16 posted on 11/30/2005 1:24:05 PM PST by RichInOC (...what, David Lee Roth wasn't available?)
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To: Liz; eastsider

Friends of yours ;-)?


17 posted on 11/30/2005 1:25:01 PM PST by NYer (ôSocialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: wideawake
For his daughter's coming-of-age celebration last weekend, multimillionaire Long Island defense contractor David H. Brooks...

I don't suppose that his daughter used the occasion to announce that in two years she will be enlisting...

18 posted on 11/30/2005 1:25:36 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas
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To: NYer

I know it's this guy's money, but this kind of excess makes me sick.


19 posted on 11/30/2005 1:27:12 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: NYer; Borges; massgopguy; freedomson; wideawake; Pyro7480; dead; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; ...





My friend works in a Jewish school district, and she knows a few kids who went this Batsmitvah. These kids said that the invitation was a box- you opened up a box and in it was a disk man. And when you pressed play it was a recorded invitation.







20 posted on 11/30/2005 1:29:17 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell
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To: Owl_Eagle

I guess you are not going to attend.


21 posted on 11/30/2005 1:29:31 PM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

I am grateful to give my kids the view from the otherside of the tracks, so when they become successful, they can show how far they climbed. lol.


22 posted on 11/30/2005 1:31:17 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (I will prevail.)
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To: MEGoody

Aside from the millionaire rockers who don't really need more money, at least everything else spent helps to keep the economy and jobs rolling along. Rich, excessive people do tend to give plenty to charity too, so let them have their fun.


23 posted on 11/30/2005 1:32:10 PM PST by Cecily
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Sounds like Daddy was trying to buy friends for his baby.

Kinda sad.

I take it he sent out 1,000 invitations to his own Barmitvah 34 years ago and his 10 cousins and the gentile neighbor were the only ones who showed.


24 posted on 11/30/2005 1:32:32 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: LauraleeBraswell

I don't care how he spends his money.

But this sounds a hell of alot like a Dennis Kozlowski moment, I hope the IRS looks into it. I pay 100% of the taxes I owe, I don't want dishonest deductions taken by people to fund this kind of stuff.


25 posted on 11/30/2005 1:33:07 PM PST by oceanview
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To: NYer

The Eagles, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks -- it sounds like it was a party for 50-year-old Dad & not the daughter.


26 posted on 11/30/2005 1:33:55 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: MplsSteve

It would have been great to be able to shout "You suck!" at Kenny G at the top of my lungs in such an intimate setting.


27 posted on 11/30/2005 1:34:20 PM PST by wideawake
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To: NYer
I was in the service with a guy from New York. Before the Rangers he worked in "The Hamptons" (in the 60s') for the rich folks up there. We were talking about these coming out bashes and he told me that, and I quote "the more expensive the shindig, the uglier the chick". So let's see a picture of this dog.
28 posted on 11/30/2005 1:35:00 PM PST by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: wideawake

LOL!


29 posted on 11/30/2005 1:35:03 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: NYer

Is this a joke? It better be.


30 posted on 11/30/2005 1:35:08 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: NYer

Oy vey. Put...down...the VISA.

Just because you have the money and can do this, does not mean you should. Think of the children, for G-d's sake.


31 posted on 11/30/2005 1:36:00 PM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

4 REAL (with no apologies to the Manic Street Preachers)


32 posted on 11/30/2005 1:36:35 PM PST by wideawake
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Good thinking. ;)


33 posted on 11/30/2005 1:37:28 PM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: timydnuc

I've noticed that general trend as well. Not universally true, but I've seen some evidence.


34 posted on 11/30/2005 1:38:43 PM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: Pyro7480

"Call me cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if this daughter ends up like Paris Hilton."

What I saw her doing, Jewish girls aren't really famous for.


35 posted on 11/30/2005 1:39:31 PM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Its not a joke. Its been all over the NY gossip pages & blogs.


36 posted on 11/30/2005 1:40:00 PM PST by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: Tribune7
The Eagles, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks -- it sounds like it was a party for 50-year-old Dad & not the daughter.

Yeah seriously. I wonder how he would have liked a 13th birthday party in the late 1960s with Perry Como and Andy Williams as the featured attractions who are to him what these Boomer Rockers are to his daughter.
37 posted on 11/30/2005 1:40:15 PM PST by Borges
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To: timydnuc

that was before plastic surgery. this "chick" can afford to have all the work done she needs.


38 posted on 11/30/2005 1:41:09 PM PST by oceanview
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To: NYer
"the famously irascible CEO of DHB Industries..."

I'm no investor, but I notice that his company has lost 75 percent of its value since the start of the year. With this kind of spendthrift as CEO, no wonder his company is in the tank.

39 posted on 11/30/2005 1:42:26 PM PST by JHL
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To: Borges

Now, I feel real, real old. :-)


40 posted on 11/30/2005 1:43:16 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: wideawake

LOL


41 posted on 11/30/2005 1:46:08 PM PST by MattinNJ (Allen/Pawlenty in 08-play the map.)
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To: NYer

How to f- up your kid at an early age....


42 posted on 11/30/2005 1:48:23 PM PST by thoughtomator (What'ya mean you formatted the cat!?)
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To: NYer

HE'S RUINED IT FOR ALL THE OTHER FATHERS!


43 posted on 11/30/2005 1:52:12 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: NYer

Wretched excess. JMO.


44 posted on 11/30/2005 1:52:52 PM PST by eastsider
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To: thoughtomator

If Dad's still around, can you just imagine the wedding he'll throw?


45 posted on 11/30/2005 1:56:41 PM PST by surrey
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To: surrey

Can you imagine his little princess as someone's wife?


46 posted on 11/30/2005 1:59:28 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: surrey

No matter how much money was involved or how beautiful she turns out to be, I would not want to be the husband, or really, have any association at all with a family whose priorities are so distorted.


47 posted on 11/30/2005 1:59:35 PM PST by thoughtomator (What'ya mean you formatted the cat!?)
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To: Cecily
Rich, excessive people do tend to give plenty to charity too, so let them have their fun.

Well, some do. Based on everything I've read, that depends on whether the individual is a 'red stater' or a 'blue stater'.

48 posted on 11/30/2005 2:05:09 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: JHL

It's good you're not an investor:

Huge Insider Trading Alleged: Scott + Scott, LLC Files First Securities Fraud Case Against DHB Industries, Inc.

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-12-2005/0004105355&EDATE=


49 posted on 11/30/2005 2:05:35 PM PST by Expressway
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To: NYer
Hey, it's his money, or at least it better be. But I do know that were I a famous rock star there's no way I'd do a 15-minute set at somebody's birthday party for a lousy five hunnert thousand d...

Uh...

What key did you want me to play that in, sir?

50 posted on 11/30/2005 2:07:10 PM PST by Billthedrill
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