Shawn MacArthur, who is a neighbor of the so-called "Mansion," says lavish parties were always the plan for the 15,224-square-foot home situated in the middle of the single-family-home neighborhood. (Instagram/Sanjay Matai)
Neighbors in the Radcliffe subdivision -- just off Falls of Neuse Road -- say Pamela Verbal has used her $2.9 million home as a nightclub since she moved in a year ago. (Dan West, WNCN)
In July 2012, neighbors say Pamela Verbal moved into the mansion and hosted her first party, which MacArthur believed was a simple housewarming. (Charlotte Huffman, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Residents of a North Raleigh neighborhood say a
15,000-square-foot mansion in their subdivision was built specifically for
lavish parties that often attracted hundreds of attendees, drugs and exotic dancers.
Neighbors in the Radcliffe subdivision -- just off Falls of Neuse
Road -- say Pamela Verbal has used her $2.9 million home as a nightclub since
she moved in a year ago, despite appeals by the homeowners association to cease
the on-going parties.
Shawn MacArthur, who is a neighbor of the so-called "Mansion,"
says lavish parties were always the plan for the 15,224-square-foot home
situated in the middle of the single-family-home neighborhood.
"I mean, it doesn't even have a mailbox or a doorbell,"
MacArthur pointed out. "It's just built to party."
Pamela Verbal and her attorney declined to talk on camera about
the house's intended use, but maintain she does live in the home.
According to Wake County tax records, the home belongs to Pamela
Verbal's ex-husband, Claude Verbal II, who identifies himself as a party
promoter who started the business after losing his job in the engineering
Claude "CVERB" Verbal started the company, Beyond Infinity
Entertainment, in 1997 with Thomas "T-Money" Branch with the
"goal to get 'there' even though they weren't quite sure where 'there'
"They had attended enough parties in college to know a thing
or two about throwing one, so they made a career of it," a company bio
explains. "After promoting parties for a few years they noticed that they were
making a little bit of money, but the industry people and the club owners were
making considerably more."
Further hinting at the Mansion's intended use, while the
home was still under construction, in May 2012, Sanjay Matai -- who now resides
in Miami and is the owner of party promotion company Casanova Entertainment -- posted
a photo of the house referring to it as his "masterpiece."
"Come play at ‘The
Metropolis' -- my 22,000 square feet, 5.7 Million dollar masterpiece will
unveil this June," the photo's caption reads.
Just a month later, on June 18, 2012, documents filed with
the Secretary of State's office show Pamela Verbal filed her entertainment
company, Metropolitan Lifestyle Group, as a limited liability company. On the
document, Pamela Verbal listed her address as being on Greenevers Drive.
Tax records indicate that Pamela and Claude Verbal own a
second home in Raleigh with a mailing address on Greenevers Drive.
In July, neighbors say Pamela Verbal moved into the mansion
and hosted her first party, which MacArthur believed was a simple housewarming.
He quickly figured out it was something more when he was asked to sign a waiver
and pay an entry fee of between $10 and $15.
"As I walked up, there was a valet stand,"
MacArthur recalled. "I asked how much they were charging and they said
$45. I then said, 'That sounds like a good business.'
"He responded, 'A damn good business.'"
MacArthur said drinks inside the party cost "$10 or
$12" and that he saw some of the guests smoking marijuana from a hookah.
"I know what marijuana smells like, and it was
definitely that," MacArthur said.
The "last straw," MacArthur said, was when "a
beautiful young lady approached me and asked if I wanted to have a private
dance and more for $250."
"I left that party and haven't been back to another one
since then," MacArthur said.
Since that initial party, Metropolitan Lifestyle Group has
hosted a number of parties, which were often advertised online and on the radio,
and carried admission costs of between $10 and $100. According to court documents, the parties included drugs, private dances, bottle service, cash bars and private cabanas.
One particular radio promo, which was broadcast on
Triangle-area hip-hop station K97.5, advertised a "Mansion Pool Party and Video
Shoot After Party with Booths and Bottle Service" on May 18.
MacArthur says as many as 600 attendees and 150 vehicles
were at the May 18 party; the following day, a "Mega Mansion Pool Party All Day
Event" was hosted at the home.
"And not just for a couple hours on a Saturday or a Sunday,
but up until 1, 2, 3 o'clock in the morning," MacArthur said. "And they just
keep coming and pouring in, and they're frisking people at the back gate."
Wayne Cohoe, who lives across from the "Mansion,"
testified that guests of Pamela Verbal's parties and their music were
"extremely loud, degrading, obnoxious, offensive to human decency and to
the adults and children living in the surrounding homes."
He says the parties are a violation of multiple neighborhood
covenants, including using the home as a business and being a nuisance in the
neighborhood. As a result, the HOA filed a lawsuit against Pamela Verbal, and a
Superior Court judge ordered that she can no longer host the parties or have
more than five guests in her home at a time.
The restraining order prohibits Pamela Verbal from using her
home for commercial purposes or "engaging in conduct that would be a
nuisance, annoyance, obnoxious or offensive to violate the quiet enjoyment of
Pamela Verbal, however, asserts that she's done nothing
wrong and "all allegations are false."
"There has not been one report of illegal activity at
my home," she told WNCN Tuesday. "Have I had parties? Absolutely.
Have you seen my home?
"Have the parties been loud and outrageous? No. My
guests have enjoyed my home as well."
Pamela Verbal says she has been targeted by her neighbors
for being black and she is being forced out of her neighborhood. Earlier this
month, she put the home up for sale, listing it for $2.95 million.
"There are only three neighbors plus me that make up
this Radcliffe HOA," she said. "I feel like the neighbors are
targeting me because I am black. My neighbors have stereotyped my guests.
"My parties only became a problem after my guests were
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