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JT's Eatery

Bringing Sexual

Harassment Back?

5/15/2009 6:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0515_justin_timberlake_bn_final-1The restaurant Justin Timberlake helped open in NY has just been hit with a sexual harassment suit, after a former employee claims JT's business partners forced her to watch porn to the point she broke into tears. 

In the suit, obtained by the NY Daily News, Alison McDaniel alleges "vile" acts courtesy of Southern Hospitality. McDaniel says she was spit on and called numerous expletives.

McDaniel claims Justin's business partners -- Eytan Sugarman and Ronnie Kaplan -- made her watch "pornography while in a locked room... and made fun of her when she began crying."

The suit claims Alison was fired after complaining.

Justin, along with Sugarman and Kaplan and Trace Ayala, are all named as defendants.

UPDATE: Justin's people just send us this comment: "While Justin and Trace Ayala continue their friendship with Eytan Sugarman who owns Southern Hospitality, they are not investors, owners, or partners, nor do they have any knowledge of or involvement in the operations of the restaurant."

UPDATE: A spokesman for "Southern Hospitality" just gave TMZ the following statement:

"Southern Hospitality has not been served with a copy of any complaint, therefore, we can not comment on any specific allegations.

Launch PhotosWe can say that the complainant is an ex-employee who was terminated for cause over a year ago. We will vigorously defend any allegations of wrongdoing or improper behavior."
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1.

eatme    

first

1897 days ago
2.

RACHEL    

The things people do jus to get some money.. sadness! this wrld is clearly KURRUPT!

1897 days ago
3.

zenotek    

Who the hell *cries* after watching a little porn? I mean, does she cry when she has sex?

1897 days ago
4.

Pat    

Lmfao. This story seriously made me laugh.

1897 days ago
5.

Disco Duck    

JT deserves to be sued. Him being a partner in a restaraunt is nothing more than an ego boost. Like he really needs a few hundred grand a year that he at best makes being a partner.

And if he is so dumb not realizing he better hire the best managers out there or risk being sued.

Again his ego boost deserves to be sued.

Lou

1897 days ago
6.

xcalibur    

PROLLY TRUE. YOU DON'T KNOW ALL THE DOUCHE BAGS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. LOOK AT ALL THE GANGSTA'S THAT HANG AROUND HIP HOP SINGERS AND JT IS ONE OF THEM.

1897 days ago
7.

KBIZZLE    

What do u expect?
He brought SEXY BACK bitches.

She must have seen the Verne Troyer sex tape, it's the only tape that ever brought me to tears!

KB

1897 days ago
8.

Carrys F.    

Any way to get a buck nowadays.

1897 days ago
9.

Carrys F.    

I'll watch a porn with JT.

1897 days ago
10.

Carrys F.    

Of course Justin Timberlake is being sued. He's got the deepest pockets!!

1897 days ago
11.

John    

Southern Hospitality is a horrible company with an even more horrible reputation. I hope they pay!

1897 days ago
12.

skanky skanks    

she should sue him for 400 TRILLION dollars, AND 500 years imprisonment. that'll show this white boy what's up. he's so full of himself.

1897 days ago
13.

carriss    

"restuarant"? Kindergarteners writing for TMZ again today?

1897 days ago
14.

OhWell    

Gay Porn

1897 days ago
15.

Disgusting    

Man, you people are some sick f's. Porn has become so normalized in this culture, it is twisted. Porn is debasing and exploitative towards women but of course you're all a bunch of sick morons who need porn to have any kind of sexual related contact, or ever see a female naked.

The restaurant obviously trumped up a phony reason to fire her. Now they'll say she's a "disgruntled ex-employee" getting revenge for being fired, blah blah blah blah blah. The stupid slimy lawyers will pull out all the usual attacks and defenses from the dogeared playbook.

This woman deserves to win BIG TIME. This kind of crap from creepy lowlife losers must stop.

What's next? Clooney comes rushing to the restaurant's defense?

1897 days ago
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