The Dorchester hotel in London said that it is “deeply concerned” about allegations of sexual harassment at a private event held at the Park Lane property last week.
It has been announced this afternoon that the Presidents Club, which hosted the men’s only charity event at the five-AA-star, 250-bedroom hotel, has closed following the claims.
The only women at the event were 130 hostesses, hired for the evening by the Presidents Club.
Claims of numerous hostesses being groped throughout the evening by a number of the 360 guests from the world of British business, politics, finance and entertainment emerged this morning after the Financial Times published an account of the evening attended by an undercover journalist. The hostesses were also said to be the subject of lewd comments and repeated requests to join guests in the Dorchester’s bedrooms
A spokesperson for the Dorchester said: “We are deeply concerned regarding the allegations levelled at the organisers of a private event held at the hotel. We have zero tolerance of any form of harassment to our guests, employees and suppliers.”
Compere of the event, comedian David Walliams said on Twitter that he was “appalled” by the reports and did not personally witness any of the alleged incidents.
Two of the charities that benefited from the dinner – Great Ormond Street Hospital and Evelina London Children’s Hospital said that they will return previous donations from the organisers as a result of the allegations.
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