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Charity at centre of sexual harassment scandal to close

Friday, 26 January, 2018 - 14:06

The UK charity that landed itself in hot water during the week when it was revealed to have hosted a fund-raising dinner in which the all-male guests were waited on by female hostesses who reported being sexually harassed has closed down, according to the charity.

It comes after two Financial Times journalists attended a charity gala put on by the Presidents Club’s at the Dorchester Hotel last Thursday, which was attended by 360 celebrities, business leaders and politicians to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital among other beneficiaries.

The FT journalists who posed as a hostess at the all-male event describe being told by the organisers to wear black underwear, short black skirts and high heels to the event where they were assigned to a table of men who they were expected play host to.

The journalists say that they and many other hostesses repeatedly groped by men, and subjected to lewd comments and propositions to join them in their bedroom.

Following the revelation that the education minister Nadhim Zahawi was present at the gala, which auctioned, among other things, a night at a strip club and a course of plastic surgery to “spice up your wife,” the scandal was discussed in the House of Commons.

A Spokesperson speaking on behalf of Theresa May, who is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, said The prime minister is appalled by what has been reported. This shows there is a long way to go to ensure all women are treated properly as equals.”

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, the Presidents Club trustees said the charity “will not host any further fundraising events. Remaining funds will be distributed in an efficient manner to children’s charities and it will then be closed.”



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