"I Did It Because They Were Men With Money Who Didn't Respect Women"

Much has changed Roselyn Keo's life in the last ten years. While in 2009 he was suffering from the stage of half-empty New York clubs due to the effects of the economic crisis, today he poses which movie star on the red carpet and goes as a guest to the Jimmy Fallon program. Qualified as a “modern Robin Hood” and chafaging any prejudice, in its responses to S Moda it shows a temperance and good sense only attributable to a politician of any other time different from the current one. The reason for its informative repercussion is the premiere in theaters of the film Scammers of Wall Street, one of the greatest critical and public successes of the film course, which is based on the crimes that she herself wanted to make public. The performers Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez (who sounds for the Oscar) give life to Keo and his accomplice Samantha, respectively, as leaders of the group of strippers who drugged against their will and stole astronomical quantities from some of the richest men in the United States . This is his story.

‘Wall Street scammers’ premiered in theaters this November 8. Photo: Diamond Films

"Before judging me, let me say that my only motivation was to take care of my family." At 34, Roselyn Keo (Destiny in the film) feels "blessed" to have the opportunity to see her daughter grow up and act as an ordinary housewife. In 2016, she was sentenced to five years of probation, thus avoiding prison after reaching an agreement with the prosecution, and claims to have taken advantage of this time to reconcile with her regrets and learn from mistakes. He has done it through a book, The sophisticated hustler, which could be translated as The Sophisticated Scammer although there is no exact word in Spanish to refer to the hustler street term, which also gave name to the Manhattan club where he worked. A cathartic experience with the intention of correcting and completing the facts told on the big screen and, incidentally, getting on a media car that could reach the very red carpet of the next Oscars if we consider the unanimous enthusiasm of the critic .


“Seen in retrospect, of course my actions harbored hate, I had a desire for revenge. When I heard the phrase ‘injured people hurt people’, I identified completely ”

His criminal history began in 2008, when the financial crisis wreaked havoc on Wall Street. Fashion strip clubs had become ghost cities and any bar dancer who once boasted of raining tickets at each performance was now willing to perform sexual favors for just 40 euros. “Desperate times require desperate measures,” says Keo, who decided to ally with one of the city's most veteran and well-connected strippers, Samantha Foxx (Ramona in the movie, nothing to do with the singer), to carry out a system criminal based on seduction. “We became a dream team, like Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in the Lakers. Although we had some differences on the track, together we won championships. ”

One of the girls ‘hunted’ the victim in question in a restaurant or hotel bar between 5 and 9 pm, after work time. They had to look at their watch, shoes and credit card to discriminate the big fish of tourists or employees. The rest of the group, about four more girls, later joined the appointment and, once the dam was drunk enough, they suggested continuing the party at a strip club. Once there, and against his will, they provided him with a mixture of ketamine, cocaine and MDMA to be able to squeeze his credit card without opposition. If Samantha could be considered as the CEO of this hypothetical criminal company, Keo was the financial director, carrying out the registration of all ‘clients’ and their resulting embezzlement. Booties were distributed weekly for hundreds of thousands of euros.

Roselyn Keo poses with the actress who plays her on the big screen, Constance Wu. Photo: Instagram @roselynkeo

The victims used to shut up for fear that their families would find out about their recreational escapades or that the attention of the press would jeopardize their privileged position. Those who spoke ran into the skepticism of a police officer who, without material evidence, blamed the call to the feeling of guilt of who might have run a legendary spree the night before. Once the recorded confession of one of the girls involved uncovered the scam, drug agents explained that they had trouble finding whistleblowers because they "felt ashamed of being scammed by women." Keo confessed the whole story to the journalist Jessica Pressler of the New York Magazine, whose article inspired the film that has raised more than 130 million euros worldwide.

The success of Wall Street Scammers lies largely in the identification of the viewer with a group of women who, in the epicenter of the financial system that had broken the welfare state, tried to give it back to those responsible. In the era of #MeToo, its criminal action is seen as a gesture of empowerment and social justice and its responsible continues to ensure that qualifying these men as innocent victims is ridiculous. Eight out of ten strip club workers are victims of sexual assault and this daughter of Cambodian refugees, who grew up in a town in northern New York, is no stranger to statistics. "I justified what I was doing because I had made sure that the victims had money and their disrespect for women only reinforced my conviction," the dancer confesses to S Moda, who first climbed onto a stage being a minor .

“I, at sixteen, would advise you not to let glamor and money get in your head. Those things do not last long, while an education, a career and a family remain in the long term. Commit yourself to yourself and stick to that. ”

Keo no longer has any contact with those involved in the criminal scheme, even as a result of the film adaptation of his story. He says he has found happiness again thanks to his daughter, while he struggles daily to keep a bipolar disorder at bay that he was diagnosed with years ago and that he fights with strenuous exercise sessions. The success of the film has taken her to the Toronto film festival and, who knows, if she will also do it to the Dolby Theater on the night of next February 10. A Jennifer Lopez fan confesses and invited herself to one of the concerts on the tour that the Bronx star offered last summer. “It has always been sweet and fun with me. I think it's wonderful that her name sounds for the Oscars and, if she is nominated, I bet on her, ”he explains.

Although she is convinced that the real Roselyn is less shy and quiet than her alter ego in fiction, she is generally very satisfied with the result of the film. Wall Street scammers is one of the first commercial films that shows how the night and sex industry works from within, from the dynamics of the business itself to the type of relationships that are forged between its components. "I am convinced that, thanks to the doors that this film has opened, other women like me will have the opportunity to tell their own truth," Keo concludes, but not before again influencing the positive breakdown of his punishable acts: "And that's a blessing … even if it has come in such an unconventional way.