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Oct 13, 2015 3:14 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Rapper's Manager Disputes Claim That Assistant Principal Heard Song For Music Video

Esther Adler-O’Keefe
Oct 23, 2015 3:16 PM

UPDATE: Friday, October 23, 3:00 p.m.

AG, the manager of rapper JR, has come forward to dispute Trey Songz's claim that Ms. Adler-O'Keefe heard the song "Best Friend" before agreeing to participate in the music video.

This week, the manager said that not only did Trey Songz not meet Ms. Adler-O'Keefe on set, but she did not know the lyrical content of the song because it was never playing during her part in the music video.

“She never knew any of that. She was only simply informed of who was in the video,” the manager said, adding that unless an artist is actually singing in a scene, then music will not play when a video is being filmed. “None of her parts involved actual performing. The indoor scene in which she was in, there was no music playing.”

AG said he does not know how Ms. Adler-O'Keefe became involved with the music video, but stressed that she "didn't do anything wrong."

“There’s nothing less I want to see than someone’s life and career being put in shambles,” the manager said. “She’s very sweet. I stand behind her.”

Ms. Adler-O'Keefe had defended her role in the music video last month, saying she was not aware of the content of the lyrics. Last week Trey Songz told TMZ that she heard the song "a million times" and "knew what was up."

Ms. Adler-O'Keefe could not be immediately reached for comment.

UPDATE: Saturday, 2:20 p.m.

Trey Songz has spoken out about Ms. Adler-O’Keefe’s change of duties, saying she heard the song “Best Friend” and knew its lyrical content at the time the video was shot, despite her denial last month.

While leaving a club in West Hollywood Friday night, the rapper told TMZ that he felt bad about Ms. Adler O’Keefe’s reassignment, but pointed out that “she knew what was up.”

“She heard the song a million times,” he told TMZ. “I mean, I feel bad. I definitely want to reach out to her.

“She didn’t do nothing wrong,” he added. “It was cool. She was on the level with the students.”

Last month, Ms. Adler-O’Keefe defended her involvement in the video, telling The Press that she “was completely unaware of the content, lyrics, and title of the video and song.

“Had I known of such content or lyrics, I certainly would not have participated in any fashion. I find the lyrics and content of the music video vulgar, offensive, and demeaning,” she had added.

Original Story

Esther Adler-O’Keefe, the assistant principal at Southampton High School who appeared in a hip-hop artist’s racy music video last month, has been reassigned new administrative duties in the district, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Farina announced Tuesday.

In an email sent out to parents and guardians of students in the district, Dr. Farina wrote that Ms. Adler-O’Keefe will now “oversee a variety of academic support services throughout the district.”

Last month, Ms. Adler-O’Keefe had appeared at both the beginning and end of the music video for Trey Songz and rapper JR’s song “Best Friend,” which followed the story line of a wild party the rappers and their many friends threw when renting Ms. Adler-O’Keefe’s Hamptons home.

Part of Ms. Adler-O’Keefe’s duties as assistant principal at the high school was disciplining students, the district had confirmed last month.

Replacing Ms. Adler-O’Keefe as assistant principal at the high school will be Susan Wright, who has been serving as assistant principal of the intermediate school for the past eight years. She had also served as assistant principal of the elementary school two years prior to working at the intermediate school.

A representative from the district’s payroll office did not return calls seeking information regarding new salaries for Ms. Adler-O’Keefe or Ms. Wright. Another representative did confirm, however, that Ms. Adler-O’Keefe is a tenured employee. She began working in the district in 2010 with a starting salary of $126,500. The administrators’ salaries were not listed on SeeThroughNY.net.

“Ms. Wright brings with her a wealth of educational knowledge and experience, as well as familiarity with our students and our community,” Dr. Farina wrote in Tuesday’s email. “She will continue to serve the students at the high school with the same hands-on, collaborative philosophy she has always held” at the other schools.

The district will immediately begin a search to fill Ms. Wright’s vacated post, but will be replacing the intermediate school assistant principal position with a full-time dean of students position that entails the same duties, just with a different title, a district representative said.

“In the interim, the district’s leadership team, including Dr. Dyno, Mr. Delgado and Mr. Frazier, will handle the duties of the Intermediate School Assistant Principal,” Dr. Farina wrote in the email.

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She might want to change her philosophy for High School students and teachers. It is my belief that position should have been announced. We have many staff members that would have been better qualified.
By guest (65), Bridgehampton on Oct 13, 15 3:31 PM
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If it were a teacher, she would have been gone. School board hiding???
By knitter (1604), Southampton on Oct 13, 15 5:48 PM
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Pay cut?
By Arnold Timer (313), Sag Harbor on Oct 13, 15 6:12 PM
Unreal! Farina made over $238,000 last year, Adler-Okeefe and Wright made about $145,000, now Adler-Okeefe gets a "new" position, Wright moves up (more money I am sure) and they create a third position which will cost how much??? Then there will be pensions and free healthcare for the new position so it will cost forever. Only the Teachers Union could be behind this. Just keep bending over you stupid taxpaying sucker. Check out the indecent salaries and teacher contracts on seethroughny.net. Read ...more
By Babyboo (257), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 15 6:39 PM
It's called "The Lemon Dance". When there is a problem with someone in their position, just move them around in the district, or better yet, do as Southampton did, create a new position. And it would be great to hear the board of education and Farina explain how this is all benefiting "the children" and the tax payers. Seems like it is only benefiting Adler-Okeefe. But as you said Babyboo "it's all for the children" - ummm - right?

By Taxpayers_Get_Ripped_Off (2), Southampton on Oct 14, 15 7:24 PM
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educators are worth every penny they get
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Oct 13, 15 9:17 PM
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Some are, some aren't. Like the PBA, etc., the good protect the bad. Another case of unions having too much strength, and most working stiffs being too busy to pick through the mass of details they need to keep from getting raped financially. Everyone likes to say we get great schools for our money but I don't see that many going to the Ivy Leagues.
By Funbeer (253), Southampton on Oct 13, 15 10:16 PM
Spoken like a member of the party.
By Babyboo (257), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 15 6:59 AM
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By Funbeer (253), Southampton on Oct 13, 15 10:21 PM
I agree. Yuk!
By Nukiepoo (115), Southampton on Oct 13, 15 10:46 PM
Do as I say, not as I do. Freakin' "teachers".
By lirider (263), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 15 12:29 AM
What a bunch of judgmental ignorant prigs! How many of you have even seen the video? (Google it -- it's all over the place!)

"featured sex, drugs and alcohol?"

There's a pool party featuring a lot of young people, many pneumatic young women in two-piece bathing suits or halter tops & shorts, partying in and around a swimming pool. While there's suggestive dance moves, there's no nudity, no sex acts (hard to follow all the lyrics, but I didn't hear any profanity) and yes, there's ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on Oct 14, 15 12:32 AM
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feel better, lol
By LI native (127), LI on Oct 14, 15 6:59 AM
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By Taxpayers_Get_Ripped_Off (2), Southampton on Oct 14, 15 4:30 PM
What most people have conveniently dismissed is that she appeared in the role of a disciplinarian. I think a good laugh was missed when the last scene didn't show the guy scrubbing the floor with a toothbrush...
By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Oct 15, 15 8:45 PM
What you are inconveniently trying to do is trick people from the truth. How can Adler-Okeefe appear as a disciplinarian when she stated she did NOT know the contents of the video? As Adler-Okeefe said ““Had I known of such content or lyrics, I certainly would not have participated in any fashion. I find the lyrics and content of the music video vulgar, offensive, and demeaning,”.

You are just trying to dismiss the facts. Adler-Okeefe should NOT have been in this disgusting ...more
By Taxpayers_Get_Ripped_Off (2), Southampton on Oct 16, 15 8:02 AM
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Just because you find some explicit sexuality abhorrent, it does not give you the right to impose those values of yours on others. Or are you just jealous menage troi never fell into your lap? The Fifties have been over for quite some time. Do get used to it.

You're probably part of the reason Robin Williams could say "This country was settled by a group of people so stiff, the English kicked them out."
By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Oct 16, 15 7:14 PM
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By Taxpayers_Get_Ripped_Off (2), Southampton on Oct 17, 15 12:00 PM
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How does appearing in a video affect her ability to do a job that is completely unrelated? Really? What possible conflict could exist because a teacher appeared in a video? If she was appearing in porn- ok, maybe there would be an issue, but a music video? Before you all made it news I bet none of the kids even knew. Please, there are far far more important issues to get all wound up about- even school related issues. The woman should be free to do as she pleases as long as it's not criminal.
By StephenGravina-Wohlleb (3), on Oct 17, 15 6:50 PM
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Ooh, you got red inked.

Too bad. I'm sure your post was a real gold medal wiener...
By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Oct 17, 15 7:49 PM
She, and any other educator, is not necessarily free to do as s/he pleases. They represent the institution they work for, and are expected to stand for a particular set of ethics when on and off of school property.
By PrintedWord### (16), East Hampton on Oct 19, 15 4:32 PM
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When you're "off the clock", no one has the right to trod upon your freedoms. Nobody. And, it's shameful if you do engage in trodding upon someone's, or gossiping just the same.

I'll take "NSFW" over being a goody two shoes, "Miss Manners" stiff any day.
By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Oct 19, 15 8:58 PM
Understood. However, for some, it is more than an expectation - it is in their contracts. I would certainly not be surprised with the position she held if this was the case.
By PrintedWord### (16), East Hampton on Oct 20, 15 9:55 AM
Dont fire her just create a position for her. The southampton school district is out of control. The superintendent has no idea what a budget is nor capable of listening to taxpayers.
By chief1 (2603), southampton on Oct 14, 15 1:22 AM
It's all out of control. Just look at the Southampton teacher and superintendent contracts on Seethroughny.net. you wouldn't believe all the extra pay over and above salaries.
By Babyboo (257), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 15 7:01 AM
Saw that coming a mile away.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Oct 14, 15 11:43 AM
I really don't understand this. If what she did was deemed inappropriate, why is she still there? If it wasn't inappropriate enough to have her removed, then she should have stayed where she was. It doesn't make sense to me.
By bb (852), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 15 12:13 PM
Southampton School District has done this before in the nineties. For whatever reason, they no longer wanted Dr. Josphine DeVincenzi to be the high school's principal. So instead of trying to remove her, they created her a brand new position: Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Technology. Then a new principal was hired. Does this position still exist? I believe Dr. D is now retired.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Oct 15, 15 12:54 PM
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The decision to "re-assign" this administrator gives all those doing the right thing in the education profession a slap in the face. It confirms that you can behave inappropriately can get a new job with less responsibility with the same or better pay. Feeling tarnished........
By peacemaker (22), Sag Harbor on Oct 17, 15 9:40 AM
Its called tenure if you have it you can't be fired. Can you imagine having no Accountability at your job? Funny how we blame common core and everything else when it is simply not holding people accountable.
By chief1 (2603), southampton on Oct 17, 15 10:59 AM
poor judgment on her part put her whole career at risk. she should retireb and take her pension since she is no longer a credible member of the administration at the SH public school system
By xtiego (679), bridgehampton on Oct 17, 15 8:25 PM
Some people have a taken 1 incident, poor choice, etc and made it so big that it negated an educator's career. I believe this could have a been a good learning experience for the young adults. We are not perfect, we all have made mistakes or poor choices. This is supposed to give us an opportunity to reflect and learn from it. Instead it's more of a ferocious attack as though she was a pedofile that needed to be removed from child contact. We make mistakes, we learn and we move on. We shouldn't ...more
By adczeta (69), southampton on Oct 17, 15 8:29 PM
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By VeryConcerned, Southampton on Oct 19, 15 1:23 PM
she took a walk on the wild side
By CaptainSig (700), Dutch Harbor on Oct 17, 15 9:23 PM
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I heard from a teacher that Adler recently became tenured. They can't fire her..,
By fishcove (36), southampton on Oct 17, 15 9:32 PM
let it go . . . jeez. We live in America. They found a joint on the floor!!!!! Oh, our poor children will be corrupted forever! A Lot worse goes on in the homes of a lot of these bloggers I would wager. Perhaps by condemning this administrator they wipe their own consciences clean.
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Oct 17, 15 11:12 PM
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LOL! Good going, Adler-Okeefe!!
By Lets go mets (339), Southampton on Oct 17, 15 11:52 PM
So bad judgement, and a liar...Got to love that tenure
By LI native (127), LI on Oct 18, 15 8:37 AM
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Hillary has tenure?
By loading... (553), quiogue on Oct 18, 15 9:42 AM
Woot there it is!
By bigfresh (4044), north sea on Oct 18, 15 8:40 AM
It's ironic this woman was disciplined, and her new job will be to discipline bad students? Lmao
Seriously the administration at Southampton can tell you your taxes will only go up 300 dollars a year with a Tuckahoe merger. These people make new jobs spend millions on infrastructure, and some how are getting free money. We need new administrators, and a new board this is out of hand.
Ser
By chief1 (2603), southampton on Oct 18, 15 10:21 AM
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By VeryConcerned, Southampton on Oct 18, 15 8:42 PM
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By VeryConcerned, Southampton on Oct 18, 15 10:38 PM
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By VeryConcerned, Southampton on Oct 19, 15 4:50 PM
Channel 12 has a story about this again tonight.
Another black eye for our school district.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Oct 19, 15 6:36 PM
Liar liar pants on fire!!
By patriot50 (39), sag harbor on Oct 19, 15 9:46 PM
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By VeryConcerned, Southampton on Oct 20, 15 12:55 AM
Vote every member of the Board of Education OUT at the elections in May of
each year. This is the only way to clean up the situation in Southampton that is bloated with administrators and consultants to an extreme that is a disgraceful waste of money with a poor result in education. This is the only way to fix the problem. In the meantime, go to BOE meetings and insist that positions be cut from the budget and that a plan to save money is on every agenda.
By localcitizen (99), Southampton on Oct 20, 15 9:51 AM
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yet another Southampton staff member to lie
By April1 (149), Southampton on Oct 20, 15 1:34 PM
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didn't have time to read the full stories on this, what did this woman do wrong!?
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (613), southampton on Oct 22, 15 7:52 AM
I hope by now you have learned to take the time to read before you write.. kinda like thinking before you speak.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Oct 23, 15 10:58 AM
Just read it now and watched the video! Amazing how quickly this escalated!!

Can't believe how many people wanted to have this woman fired! Yikes, never realized so many people would want to ruin someone's career over something so trivial!

Comments section on this one reads like a tween fantasy novel written by a bunch of HS dropouts ....Smallish town...Mob mentality...defying logic...burn her!

lol, dummies.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (613), southampton on Oct 23, 15 2:21 PM
OMG !
The plot thickens!



By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (613), southampton on Oct 23, 15 5:17 PM
lies, lies, lies, they're gona getcha... unless you don't care
By LI native (127), LI on Oct 23, 15 10:29 PM
Because of her position in the community, she should have educated herself with the facts and words to the song before participating in the video. I am old school---and this was very poor judgment on the part of the assistant principal.
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on Oct 26, 15 11:34 AM
I think that the Administration did not send the right message here. If their hands were tied by contractual and legal constraints, why not at least suspend her for a period of time, with or without pay?
Something. Turn this episode into a teachable moment.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Oct 29, 15 1:21 PM