NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The man who organized a fundraiser for an animal rescue group and raised $100,000 in the process says accusations that he raised the money during a 'Wolf of Wall Street'-type party inside a Hamptons mansion are a lie.
Home owner Omar Amanat says party goers stole artwork and damaged concrete around his pool in Bridgehampton, Long Island.
The property, which Brett Barna, 31, rented for $27,000 for five days, is used on a regular basis for parties and charitable functions.
"It was raided by police the night before because code enforcement has it targeted as a chronic shared house. None of this dialoge about 'wealthy Hamptons home owner entrusts AirBnB and is rented to terrible frat boy who destroys it' is a planted story by a man arrested by the FBI," said Barna.
Amanat is currently behind bars in an unrelated case.
According to a report in Page Six, 1,000 people showed up for the all-day event earlier this month, stole artwork, broke concrete around the pool and sprayed champagne throughout.
But the story is bogus, says Barna, on many fronts.
The party, which included 550 people in the backyard, ended at 6 p.m. and was not used for the remaining four days that it was rented.
Also, no artwork was stolen and no concrete was damaged.
"It's been rented for years to night life groups and event houses. We had specific permission to throw (the party.) Last year, we threw a party (at another home) there with twice as many people," said Barna.
"It's our biggest event of the year and historically, it was the most we've ever raised," said Whitney Knowlton of Last Chance, an animal rescue group.
"We threw a very professional event. It was an event with adults. We may have broken a $200 pool chair," says Barna.
The house, adds Barna, was being rented at the time by another group who were present during the pool party fundraiser.
The hashtag #sprayathon was used in video posted to social media from the party.
“Brett came to me dropping Louis Bacon’s name and saying he was a big deal with the Robin Hood Foundation," said Amanat in an interview with Page Six.
"He said there would be 50 people at the event and it was for animal rescue. But the only animals there were the people, a thousand of them."
"He's trying to shake us down," says Barna.