Winter Party Has Beef With Peter Rauhofer and The Opium Group
A tiff over scheduling has exposed a nasty feud between a famous dj and the group that throws one of the biggest week-long gay and lesbian bashes of the year.
The harsh missive asks party-goers to skip the Rauhofer soiree because the DJ and the Opium Group, which owns Mansion, are "profiteering on the backs of the LGBT community."
The rift dates back to 2008 when Rauhofer broke away from White/Winter Party officialdom. At the time, Rauhofer explained, via a press release,
that the festivals' main promoters mistreated and disrespected him and
other DJs by, among other things, failing to book their hotels and
paying them with checks that bounced.
"Each year, White Party blatantly takes advantage of the power of being a charity organization for HIV/AIDS to make people feel guilty for not participating or contributing," Rauhofer said then. "They've burned bridges."
In the case of Mansion, Winter Party contacted the Opium Group about hosting its party, said company spokeswoman Vanessa Menkes. But only after the Opium Group had already entered into a contractual agreement with Rauhofer, she added.
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