Broker cleared of charges for boozy party at Herald Towers pad where teen had fatal fall

February 09, 2011 09:51AM

Prosecutors have dropped charges against Ilan Nassimi, the New York real estate broker who had been accused of serving alcohol to minors after the teenage daughter of a U.S. ambassador fell 22 stories to her death from a party in his Herald Towers apartment in August.

According to the Daily News, investigators were unable to prove that Nassimi, 25, had served alcohol to teens after his attorneys had argued that the 17-year-old John had boozed up prior to arriving at the 25th-floor pad at 50 West 34th Street.

John, who fell out of a window and onto a third-floor overhang amid what appeared to be an attempt to take photographs, had partied earlier that evening at Meatpacking District hotspot Tenjune with the help of a fake ID. An incoming freshman at Parsons the New School for Design, she was the daughter of the former U.S. ambassador to Thailand Eric John.

Nassimi, a licensed salesperson for Manhattan’s Metropolitan Property Group who goes by “Ilan Nass,” told The Real Deal that he and his family were “overjoyed” by the decision. “Despite our happiness, our hearts and prayers are still (and always will) be with the family and friends of Nicole John, who suffered more than anyone during this terrible tragedy,” he wrote in an e-mail. TRD