Written by Ashton Snyder on
 March 14, 2024

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The Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, a historical beacon of exclusivity and tradition, is now embroiled in controversy.

A lawsuit filed against the club alleges a disturbing blend of racism, nepotism, and indifference to sexual assault and substance abuse claims, Daily Mail reported.

This legal battle casts a shadow over the institution known for its distinguished members, including Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

Lawsuit Exposes Discriminatory Practices at Prestigious Hillcrest Club

Attorney Alexander Winnick brought forth the lawsuit against Hillcrest and its leadership on behalf of his brother, Matthew Winnick.

The lawsuit accuses the club of retaliating against Matthew for raising concerns about discriminatory practices. It's a claim that spotlights the club's long-standing principle of exclusivity, now being challenged as a cover for deeply ingrained prejudices.

Matthew Winnick, married to a woman of mixed race and the son of the late billionaire Gar Winnick, represents a collision of old wealth and modern values. His allegations suggest a club stuck in time, one that once barred women and non-Jewish members from its ranks. Today, it faces accusations of maintaining a "plantation-like essence," employing a predominantly Hispanic staff, and fostering an environment where misconduct is overlooked.

Claims of Discrimination and Misconduct at the Heart of the Lawsuit

Club President Jason Kaplan and other leadership figures are directly implicated in the lawsuit's accusations. Kaplan, in particular, is accused of sexual assault and making racially charged comments, notably yelling "CALLATE" at Matthew Winnick during a gathering. This incident underscores the broader allegations of a toxic culture within the club's walls.

Matthew Winnick's bid to join Hillcrest was denied, a decision shaped by his criticisms and family history. The lawsuit contends that this refusal reflects the club's habitual promotion of select members while marginalizing or penalizing dissenters. It depicts Hillcrest as more committed to upholding its traditions and catering to its powerful members than practicing fairness and inclusivity.

Hillcrest's attorney, Lyne Richardson, has dismissed the lawsuit as lacking "substance, evidence, or facts" and has vowed to defend the club vigorously. This statement sets the stage for a legal showdown that may force the club to confront its policies and practices head-on.

Legal Battle Reflects Broader Societal Concerns

The lawsuit's timing is notable. It comes at a time when societal movements toward equality and transparency are challenging institutions to evolve. Vice President Kamala Harris's statement, "In times like this, silence is complicity," cited in the lawsuit, emphasizes the broader societal imperative to address and rectify injustice. Harris and Emhoff's previous endorsements of Hillcrest as a favored spot add a layer of complexity to the unfolding drama.

The lawsuit also references a history of nepotism within the club's leadership, implicating former President Michael Flesch and his son, Warren Flesch, in maintaining the club's insular culture. This detail and the allegations of promoting unworthy members suggest a deep-rooted resistance to change within the club's ranks.


The dispute at Hillcrest Country Club exemplifies the difficulties confronting numerous prestigious American institutions. The unfolding lawsuit will decide not just Matthew Winnick's individual outcome but may also mark a critical juncture in the way clubs like Hillcrest manage the tension between upholding traditions and the necessity for inclusivity and fairness.

In a society that is growing less tolerant of discrimination and wrongdoing, the verdict of this case may set a precedent with wide-ranging effects for similar clubs and organizations nationwide.

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