The controversial owner of a local striptease business was shot Friday night during an apparent robbery attempt. They obviously came to take the crown jewels,? Agnello, the owner of the strip club "World Famous Cousin Vinny's Gorgeous Strippers," says the gunmen didn't ask him for money or his jewelry, but immediately opened fire. He says he heard two loud "pops" and started running. The Bronx man credits a thick stack of credit cards in his pocket for stopping a bullet that he says would have killed him.
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The incident made national news and showered profitable notoriety on his business, which he renamed World Famous Cousin Vinny's Gorgeous Strippers. Long a gleeful sinner, Cousin Vinny now seems to be going for sainthood. The former self-described "Stripper King of New York'' has moved to Sun City Center and self-published a religious novel, or at least a spiritual novel, about the battle between good and evil. Agnello calls it "the most spiritually uplifting novel of the year,'' and says, "Any big-time publisher with an ounce of good marketing sense should sign me on the spot. The year-old former male stripper and soap opera actor says he decided to change venues and lifestyle after being shot in the leg in Sleepy Hollow, N.
He published the novel The Devil's Glove. The San Jose Mercury Newspaper described his life as an "eye-popping head swivel. He earned a bachelor's degree in English in
By Lorena Mongelli. Agnello, 44, of Hawthorne, first made headlines in September after cops responded to a noise complaint in Chappaqua and found one of his strippers on her back, letting members of a local high school football team lick whipped cream off her body. But last October, Agnello was arrested and charged with prostituting a teenager — for allegedly arranging for a year-old girl to have intercourse with male customers for money. In a search of his home following the bust, police seized notebooks containing the names of his employees, lists of client appointments and other information, Pirro said. Based on the sting, Agnello was charged with two counts of promoting prostitution — each punishable by up to seven years in jail upon conviction.