A lawsuit has been filed by Cuckoo's Nest, a private, invitation-only club in Menlo Park that mingles tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, against its former chief sales and marketing officer, Tony Perkins.
The suit, filed last week, accuses Perkins of embezzling from the club more than $550,000 in member fees and sponsor and investor funds, according to the complaint filed in San Mateo County Superior Court on July 7.
Attorney David Nemecek could not be reached for comment. A defense attorney has not yet been named.
The exclusive club made the news in April after Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents living near the club, located at 68 Willow Road, raised concerns about a plan to build a bar at the club. Residents were worried about traffic, noise and parking -- and the precedent that would be set by granting the use permit to sell wine, beer and spirits and to allow recreational and social events.
Marco ten Vaanholt, co-founder and managing partner of BootUp and Cuckoo, has said that excessive alcohol consumption is uncommon in private clubs, where decorum is valued, particularly among the CEOs and entrepreneurs who have reputations to protect, and that the club has already hosted more than 100 events, using temporary alcohol-service permits, with no complaints.