A California lawyer is denying charges that he knowingly provided alcohol to minors at his daughter's 18th birthday party earlier this month -- but even without the alleged drinks, it sounds like an over-the-top event.
According to local media reports, San Diego County authorities say that approximately 200 guests -- some of them in lingerie and bunny ears -- celebrated Olivia Lake's birthday, officially themed "Liv’s Playboy Mansion," at the family home in Poway, and that the vast majority of attendees were under 18 and boozing. "[A] small army of sheriff's deputies" shut down the party, reports ABC 10.
Authorities arrested Olivia's father, Jeffrey Lake, an attorney who reportedly specializes in medical marijuana cases, for violating the city's "social host" law, which prohibits the hosting of parties with underage drinking. (Police say they found a couple teenage boys passed out from alcohol inside the house.) The 48-year-old faces up to six months in prison if convicted.
Buzzfeed reports that Jeffrey Lake has released the following statement:
"Despite my family’s intentions to provide my daughter a fun and safe 18th birthday party in the privacy of our own home, and in defiance of my efforts to provide a drug and alcohol free environment for my daughter and her friends to celebrate what should have been the beginning of a wonderful 18th year, it appears that uninvited troublemakers on a public street created a scenario which has resulted in exactly the opposite; leaving my family to deal with the consequences of their actions."
The birthday bash was heavily documented on social media, but many of the posts have since been removed. One rather ironic post lives on. Before the party, the following tweet was posted from an account believed to belong to Olivia's mom:
The town's mayor decried the birthday bash, saying, "You have a party like this and it's as though you're handing out hand grenades as party favors." Watch the video below for more info: