Restaurant had "rape room" where Ken Friedman and Mario Batali are accused of assault

A popular New York restaurant whose owner is accused of sexual harassment reportedly had a space dubbed the “rape room” upstairs.

Former staff at The Spotted Pig restaurant in Manhattan are among 10 women who allege the eatery’s co-owner Ken Friedman sexually harassed employees—in a pattern that prompted staff to call the restaurant’s V.I.P area the “rape room.”

It was in this area that Friedman’s friend Mario Batali, who invested in the restaurant when it opened in 2004, allegedly assaulted one of the women who has accused the celebrity chef of sexual misconduct.

For his part, Friedman is accused of groping a number of women who worked for him, and allowing his friends to do so too, a report from The New York Times stated.