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Popular NYC Restaurant SUED

You Let Celebs SMOKE WEED In the Basement

9/13/2012 3:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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One of the hottest restaurants in NYC has a hidden room where stars secretly get BAKED OUT OF THEIR MINDS ... while eating delicious Chinese food ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

The restaurant at the center of the controversy is Philippe Restaurant in Midtown ... which feeds expensive Asian cuisine to stars from the likes of Rihanna to Woody Allen.

But according to a new lawsuit filed by 4 employees, the guys who run the joint frequently give permission to some of their famous clients to smoke herb in a private basement dining area.

The employees don't name the celebrity pot-smokers -- but do note that rappers Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj have dined in the basement.

In the suit, the employees claim they were forced to serve the stoner clientele ... "which exposed them to smoke from a harmful and illegal substance."

One employee claims he was fired after complaining to management about not being able to breathe while working in the basement and smelling like pot when he returned home from his shift to his wife and son.

The other employees claim their shifts were significantly reduced in retaliation after they joined another lawsuit against the restaurant in which they claim they were unfairly tipped out and denied overtime.

All 4 employees are seeking unspecified damages.

An attorney for Philippe tells us ... "The restaurant adamantly denies any allegations that pot smoking or any other smoking is permitted in the restaurant."

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1.

..EW..    

This is gonna be fun...

770 days ago
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Duchess    

I predict a quick and handsome settlement soon.

770 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Rhianna knows asians?

770 days ago
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John    

Jesus... be thankful you have a job and get tips from celebs..

770 days ago
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ithoughtitwasgum    

I was there 2 nights ago sharing a joint with Justin Bieber while sucking his d*ck..x

770 days ago
6.

Sam    

Best. Restaurant. Ever.

770 days ago
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annoyed in SF    

i wouldn't mind working in the basement. i don't believe they weren't tipped well. second hand weed high, handsome tips and chinese food on break. sign me up, thanks.

770 days ago
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RevRayGreen    

"employees claim they were forced to serve the stoner clientelewhich exposed them to smoke from a harmful and illegal substance."..

does this place serve alcohol? these bitch ass employees need to educate themselves....cannabis smoke is NOT harmful.

770 days ago
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L    

Are they African American's looking for a payout?

770 days ago
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derp    

I wish i could head there after work

770 days ago
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RevRayGreen    

"employees claim they were forced to serve the stoner clientele which exposed them to smoke from a harmful and illegal substance."..

does this place serve alcohol? these b!+(# ass employees need to educate themselves.

770 days ago
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770 days ago
13.

sidithers    

Better than cigarette smoke
Pot is cool

770 days ago
14.

myopinion    

I believe them MONEY TALKS! B/S walks! some people will except anything for that mighty DOLLAR!

769 days ago
15.

nof    

I used to wait tables.


With losers like this.


They're one step down from the porn industry.


Beyond sleazy and this proves it.

769 days ago
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