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Jan 2, 2017 12:08 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

'Sprayathon' House On The Market

Jan 2, 2017 12:18 PM

If your idea of living in the Hamptons is to have a place where you can party hearty, then you want a property that can take a licking and keep on ticking. A prime candidate is 1854 Noyac Path, on the western fringe of Sag Harbor, which last summer became known as the “Sprayathon house” because of a shindig that earned legendary status.

Two people who found themselves uncomfortably linked in infamy were Omar Amanat and Brett Barna. The former is the owner of the 6,300-square-foot house on eight acres, which contains seven bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms and a media room, and the grounds include a tennis court and a swimming pool that could have starred in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Mr. Amanat, who has made and lost millions on Wall Street and as a Hollywood producer (most notably “The Twilight Saga”), now runs the Aman Resorts Group. He rented the Noyac Path manse to Mr. Barna for a July 3 bash that was billed as a fundraiser for the Southampton-based Last Chance Animal Rescue, which turned out to be well attended by an array of party animals.

The seemingly altruistic Mr. Barna was a hedge fund trader at Moore Capital, owned by Louis Moore Bacon, who among other things owns Robins Island, which can be found in Peconic Bay. Though there were a few glitches—one being that Mr. Amanat had rented the house to two separate parties for the same day—the benefit went on as scheduled. It featured, according to a New York Times account, “copious champagne showers, costumed dwarfs and more than 500 revelers in bathing suits swarming around a pool littered with pizza and bottles.” The event’s nickname came from the dwarfs in red, white and blue suits toting guns that sprayed champagne at the guests. Mr. Barna later told The Times, “I would probably not make that decision if I had to do it over.”

While this is a typical post-deadline wind-down scene at 27east.com, neighbors last July thought it was a tad excessive and complained to the police. Still, the party ended peacefully at 7 p.m., seven hours after it began. More serious objections were lodged by Mr. Amanat, the homeowner, who kept pressing Mr. Barna to add $13,000 to the $27,000 in rent he had already paid. The dispute went public when Mr. Barna alleged he was being blackmailed and Mr. Amanat was arrested on fraud charges related to business activities that did not include the “Sprayathon” party.

Mr. Barna was fired from his job. Mr. Amanat remains under indictment. And the notorious Noyac Path house is on the market for $3.75 million.

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