Restaurant owner Ken Friedman, who owns the well known Spotted Pig restaurant in New York City, has been blamed for consistently grabbing various female workers and requesting sex and naked photographs of them.
Maybe the most disturbing part of the New York Times story, however, focuses on an a so called “rape room” — a third-floor space in Friedman’s West Village mansion where public sex is in plain view. The region earned its nickname among eatery workers and guests.
In a event that occurred in 2007, server Trish Nelson stated that Friedman once got her head while she was bending around to get a few glasses and pulled it toward him, saying, “While you’re down there.”
“Aside from hanging my head in painful humiliation, I did nothing,” Nelson posted on Facebook, continuing. “I can’t even retell this story now without getting teary.”
What’s more, Carla Rza Betts, who used to fill in as the wine executive for the Breslin Bar and Dining Room, another eatery owned by Friedman, stated that he sexually misbehaved to her on numerous events.
“There is a grab-ass, superfun late-night culture — I love that part of the industry. But there is a difference between fun and sexualized camaraderie and predation,” she stated for the Times. “When you are made to feel unsafe or dirty or embarrassed, that is a different thing.”
“In the moment you are not thinking at all,” she said. “He’s your boss. You don’t punch him. You just don’t kiss back, and pull away and try to shake it off.”
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