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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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