With Hulu’s ‘Welcome to Chippendales’ delving deep into both aspect of the titular all-male distinctive dance troupe’s sordid historic earlier, we get an precise notion into the darkish, twisted aspect of human nature. That’s in consequence of this eight-part distinctive charts not merely the enterprise’s rise beneath founder-owner Somen “Steve” Banerjee nonetheless furthermore the best manner he virtually single-handedly led its fall from grace inside years. So now, for people who merely want to study extra about him — whether or not or not or not or not it’s the small print of his background, entrepreneurialism, criminality, motives, or closing 1994 demise — we’ve bought you lined.
Who Was Steve Banerjee?
Though born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, as soon as extra in 1946 into the fourth interval of a household of printers, Somen (better sometimes known as Steve) normally seemingly referred to California his residence. He’d actually emigrated to the West contained in the Nineteen Sixties to pursue a fairly a bit grander life for himself, solely to quiet down spherical Los Angeles in 1969 — he’d spent a while in Canada ahead of touring south. The previous is thus the place he took over the administration of a fuel station to make a residing together with extensively save every month contained in the hopes of launching his personal actual endeavor ultimately.
It was in 1975 that Steve was actually in a position to take movement by searching for a failing rock membership in Culver Metropolis by the set up of Spherical Robin, with the intention of turning it right into a flowery, scorching backgammon joint. Nevertheless, as shortly as this concept proved moderately drab, he dabbled in disco dancing, widespread nightclubs, together with feminine mud wrestling, that’s, till a sequence of probability encounters drove him to a mannequin new thought. The entrepreneur realized there was an open marketplace for feminine leisure amid the sexual revolution, so he determined to capitalize on it by shortly establishing the nation’s first all-male strip joint.
The membership subsequently developed into Chippendales in 1979, and Steve quickly started working alongside director-choreographer Nick De Noia to assist all the present develop from crass to class and former. Regardless, by the aim the mid-Eighties rolled spherical, the magnate started dealing with important troubles inside the sort of not merely a amount of discrimination lawsuits nonetheless furthermore contentions alongside alongside together with his creative affiliate. The latter ingredient ultimately nudged the duo to separate the enterprise, with Steve holding onto the distinctive golf gear and Nick strolling away with touring rights, which turned out to be mainly primarily essentially the most worthwhile.
Reportedly genuinely livid over not having acknowledged the excursions’ scope beforehand, together with Nick’s success, together with rival companies popping up all by the nation, Steve turned to criminality. In utterly totally different phrases, he spoke to an affiliate named Ray Colon to order hits on his former affiliate, workers, and dancers; plus, he tried to set fires to the workplaces/performing venues of his basic opponents. But, this horrific actuality actually didn’t come to light till a tip laid all of it out for the FBI in early 1991, 4 years following Nick’s heinous murder in his Manhattan workplace on April 7, 1987.
How did Steve Banerjee Die?
After he unwittingly incriminated himself on file all by an in-person dialog with Ray, Steve (or Somen) was lastly arrested and indicted on seven federal counts in September 1993. Lower than a 12 months later, in July, he pleaded accountable to tried arson, homicide for lease, and racketeering in change for 26 years behind bars together with the scarcity of his shares in Chippendales. Nevertheless, mere hours ahead of the 47-year-old was set to be formally sentenced on October 23, he was discovered lifeless in his jail cell — he’d taken his personal life by hanging. The plea deal was thus deemed null and void, that means all his belongings, together with the Chippendales shares, went to his companion.