Ken Friedman, owner of the critically beloved Spotted Pig restaurant in New York City, is now facing a series of sexual harassment allegations. In a large-scale expose published in The New York Times, reporters reveal a series of hideous allegations being made against the noted restaurateur. One particularly horrific story involves a “rape room” inside one of his eateries.
Alongside specific accusations with detailed descriptions of incidences of forced kissing and non-consensual groping, former employees of the Spotted Pig restaurant discussed an extreme culture of sexually inappropriate behavior that was pervasive at the location.
“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. When you are made to feel unsafe or dirty or embarrassed, that is a different thing,” said the former wine director of the Spotted Pig, Carla Rza Betts.
Sexually inappropriate behavior was so