$10 Million Bat Mitzvah Was the Party to End All Parties … Literally

It's Friday, and the sweet smell of Schadenfreude is in the air! Remember David Brooks, the Long Island defense contractor who threw a $10 million bat mitzvah for his daughter Elizabeth at the Rainbow Room two Thanksgivings ago? You know the one: Nelly, 50 Cent, Ciara, and Don Henley played, and Aerosmith headlined — with Brooks's nephew on drums, and Elizabeth doing a duet with Steven Tyler. The whole thing last until 3:30 a.m., and even though Brooks, who presided over the affair in a magenta suede suit, skimped on paying the wait staff, all the kids went home with $1,000 goody bags containing iPods and digital cameras. That is criminal, you might have said to yourself when you read about it in the paper later. And guess what? You were right! Brooks was slapped with a 21-count indictment yesterday, which included charges of insiders trading, securities fraud, and tax evasion. Poor Elizabeth! Her birthday is in November. But look on the bright side. This will make for a great episode of My Super Sweet 16!

"Bad" Mitzvah [NYP]