LI assistant principal reassigned after appearing in J.R. and R&B singer Trey Songz video

ByEyewitness News via WABC logo
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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Kristin Thorne is at Southampton High School with the story

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (WABC) -- The assistant principal of a school on New York's Long Island is in hot water with the district following her brief turn as an actress in a raunchy rap video.

Newsday reports that Southampton High School's Esther Adler-O'Keefe has been reassigned to a new position after she appeared in the video for "Best Friend" by rapper J.R. and R&B singer Trey Songz.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.


Superintendent Scott Farina says Adler-O'Keefe will now oversee "a variety of academic support services throughout the district."

In the video, Adler-O'Keefe plays a woman going on vacation with her husband. Hired as the house sitter, J.R. throws a massive party boasting a bevy of drugs, alcohol and scantily-clad women.

Farina said the district was unhappy with Adler-O'Keefe's participation.

Adler-O'Keefe didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

When the video surfaced in September, Farina told Eyewitness News, "The video in question showcases behaviors and language use that is not promoted by the Southampton School District ... In fact we actively teach our students the importance of good character and making smart choices."

At the time, students and parents stood behind the educator.