Girl Scout mom banned from Radio City Rockettes for MSG raid

She came to see the Rockettes’ world-famous kickline – but was thrown out of line instead.

Kelly Conlon, 44, was accompanying her 9-year-old daughter’s Boy Scout troop to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular last month when she was tagged by the venue’s facial recognition system and refused entry despite having a ticket.

What got the New Jersey-based attorney on the naughty no-entry list? your job.

“They said my firm was on the bar list and escorted me out,” Conlon told the Post.

She said she was forced to wander outside in the rain for 90 minutes while her daughter watched the show with the rest of her troupe inside.

“I was caught off guard – I just did what they asked of me and left my daughter with her troops at the venue. I had driven several people in my car, so I couldn’t drive home,” Conlon said.

Kelly Conlon (right), attorney for the New Jersey-based law firm Davis, Saperstein and Salomon, is pictured with partner Sam Davis.  Conlon was kicked out of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular when facial recognition flagged her for her job as a lawyer.
Kelly Conlon (right), attorney for the New Jersey-based law firm Davis, Saperstein and Salomon, is pictured with partner Sam Davis. Conlon was kicked out of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular when facial recognition flagged her for her job as a lawyer.
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The facial recognition software is part of Radio City Music Hall's strict security measures.
The facial recognition software is part of Radio City Music Hall’s strict security measures.
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Conlon was embroiled in a Big Brother-esque crackdown by Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan, who has banned anyone working for a law firm that has a lawsuit against any of its holdings, including the Knicks, Rangers, Radio City, MSG and various restaurants.

Conlon’s ticket was scanned outside the venue and the incident, first reported by NBC 4 News, happened “about 20 seconds” after she entered the famous art deco hall and put out the metal detector, she said.

“I heard her say, ‘Woman with long dark hair and gray scarf.’ I kept walking because nobody was stopping me,” said Conlon, who was then asked to show ID before being shown out.

Kelly Conlon's daughter and her New Jersey-based Boy Scout troop seen in Radio City.
Kelly Conlon’s daughter and her New Jersey-based Boy Scout troop seen in Radio City.

A sign in Radio City advises guests that facial recognition using “biometric identification information” will be used as a security measure to keep guests and staff safe.

Conlon is an attorney with the New Jersey-based law firm of Davis, Saperstein and Salomon, which has been involved in an ongoing personal injury litigation against a restaurant owned by MSG Entertainment, owner of Radio City Music Hall, and other storied city theaters.

Conlon does not practice law in New York and is not affiliated with any lawsuit against MSG Entertainment. Nevertheless, she – and other lawyers in her firm – are apparently excluded from the theater.

But that hasn’t stopped MSG Entertainment from apparently including images of dozens of employees at their law firm in their database. According to a 2018 New York Times article about the company’s facial recognition technology, it uses an algorithm to compare images taken by a camera against a stored photo database.

Radio City notifies guests of facial recognition using biometric identifier information as a security measure.
Radio City notifies guests of facial recognition using biometric identifier information as a security measure.
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While Big Brother’s technology was probably intended to block terrorists, it’s now apparently being used to arbitrate small vendettas.

“Shame on them for kicking out a Girl Scout companion in front of her daughter and the troupe and causing this predictable fear and humiliation at Christmas [time]’ Sam Davis, a partner in Conlon’s law firm, told The Post.

MSG Entertainment defended its decision to sack Conlon.

“MSG has implemented a simple policy preventing attorneys from law firms with active litigation against the company from attending events at our venues until that litigation is resolved. While we understand that this policy may disappoint some, we cannot ignore the fact that litigation creates an inherently controversial environment,” MSG Entertainment said in a statement to The Post.

“All affected attorneys have been notified of the policy, including Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, who have been notified twice. In this particular situation, only the one advocate who would attend despite prior notification that she would be refused entry was allowed to attend, and the rest of her group – including the Girl Scouts – were all able to attend and enjoy the show.”

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Radio City is reportedly using an algorithm to compare images captured by a camera to a stored photo database.
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Several other law firms have been blacklisted by the company’s theaters in recent months.

Nicole Landi, an attorney for Manhattan-based corporate law firm Burns & Harris, was denied entry to Mariah Carey’s recent “Merry Christmas to All Show” at Madison Square Garden, according to a lawsuit filed this month in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Five attorneys from Greenberg Law PC allege that an MSG attorney told them they were barred from entering MSG-owned venues on November 28, the same day they filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man seeking a hockey game at MSG got a slap in the face. after another lawsuit.

Conlon with law firm partner Sam Davis.
Conlon with law firm partner Sam Davis.
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A humiliated Conlon, meanwhile, said she didn’t get her ticket refunded.

“Obviously you don’t want your daughter’s friends and her parents to see something like that – especially since it was quite a commotion,” Conlon said. “It wasn’t comfortable.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/20/girl-scout-mom-banned-from-radio-city-rockettes-in-msg-crackdown/ Girl Scout mom banned from Radio City Rockettes for MSG raid

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