Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment #FACTS
DEC. 13, 2017. The owner of one of the city’s most famous celeb hangouts, #theSpottedPig
has been accused of routinely groping female employees and demanding sex and nude photos from them — while allowing his buddies to molest them too, a new report says.
An after-hours space on the third floor of restaurateur #KenFriedman
tony Village hot spot is even known among workers and industry insiders as “the rape room” — where public sex is on display, according to #theNewYorkTimes
quoting 10 women who are accusing the powerful businessman of unwanted sexual advances.
Former longtime server #TrishNelson
once grabbed her head as she was kneeling down behind the bar to get some glasses, told her “while you’re down there,” and pulled it toward his crotch — all in front of actress #AmyPoehler
— in 2007, according to #theTimes
“Aside from hanging my head in painful humiliation, I did nothing,” Nelson wrote on Facebook in October. “I can’t even retell this story now without getting teary.” Pohler told the Times through a rep, “I have no recollection of this, but it’s horrible.” The Spotted Pig — which opened in 2004 with the help of investors such as #JayZ
now himself battling sexual misconduct allegations — is one of a slew of high-profile restaurants owned by Friedman and #topchef #AprilBloomfield
The pair also own city establishments such as the Breslin Bar & Dining Room, the John Dory Oyster Bar, #SalvationTaco
the former wine director at Breslin, said Friedman once suddenly kissed her in 2009 while they were at a new bar near the #Breslin
to check out its drink selection. “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.” #NINFONETWORK #FOODNINFO #ENTERTAINMENTNINFO #VEHICLENINFO #FOODANDWINE #FOODNETWORK #EATER #TRUECOOKS #chefsofinstagram #BBC #LONDON #anthonybourdain #LEFOODING