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A third New York City attorney has been banned from MSG over James Dolan’s facial recognition system.

A New York lawyer says it was denied entry at a Rangers game held at Madison Square Garden after being singled out for the same facial recognition technology used to eject at least two other attorneys from their seats.

Benjamin Pinczewski, a 61-year-old civil rights and personal injury lawyer from Brooklyn, had passed through a metal detector in the arena on his way to sit down with friends on January 10. Two officers then stopped him and kicked him out. the place.

“It was a slap in the face,” he says. “I’m at the main entrance with thousands of people and they look at me like I’m some kind of terrorist or criminal.”

Pinczewski was told he was denied entry due to a policy implemented by MSG CEO James Dolan that bars all attorneys involved in active lawsuits against the organization. Pinczewski called the policy “mean and ridiculous” and was “shocked” that his image was used without his permission. He clarified that he is not working directly on the lawsuit against MSG, but has a job at the firm that filed it: Elefterakis, Elefterakis & Panek.

“It’s just harassment in order to put an intimidating effect on anyone who wants to sue them,” he says. “I’m angry, sorry for my language.”

Pinczewski’s ouster follows that of a New Jersey attorney ousted from a Rockettes show at Radio City, which is among Dolan’s empire of venues. A Long Island attorney was ejected from a Knicks game at MSG on November 5.

Madison Square Garden Entertainment has defended its policy, sending The New York Post the same statement it has peddled to the media for weeks since the facial recognition controversy began:

“MSG instituted a direct policy that prevents attorneys from firms pursuing active litigation against the Company from attending events at our locations until the litigation is resolved. While we understand that this policy is disappointing to some, we cannot ignore the fact that litigation creates an inherently adversarial environment. All affected attorneys were notified of the policy. We continue to make it clear that affected attorneys will be welcome back to our locations once the litigation is resolved.”

While a spokesperson did not respond to questions from the media about whether MSG plans to continue using facial recognition, Pinczewski and other lawyers have criticized the system as an invasion of privacy.

“I want to shine a light on this,” Pinczewski explains, vowing that he would never go to another Rangers game again. “I want you to stop this.”