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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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31.

boxdin    

Are they hiring? Can I have some...

767 days ago
32.

awesomewave    

Sounds pretty damn good to me.

767 days ago
33.

Just Sayin...    

Will this story have a "happy ending"?

767 days ago
34.

dakotapod    

It's pot, not uranium. Lighten up. Bet those celebs tip pretty damn good. Cash grab, nothing more.

767 days ago
35.

bart    

I think the restaurant will be paying dearly on this one. I think the law might be interested too.

767 days ago
36.

Metta Worldhate    

Snitches get stitches. Screw you, haters.

767 days ago
37.

Metta Worldhate    

Q: What did one NARC say to the other NARC?

A: Nothing, NARCS don't have any friends.

767 days ago
38.

Diamond Goddess!    

Not surprised!
The staff prolly blows 'em, too.
(Aren't they double-hungry after, with the Chinese food AND the weed?!)
tee hee
...couldn't resist!...

767 days ago
39.

yellowfinns    

SHOCKING!! Yeah right

767 days ago
40.

cdat    

This happens in popular restaurants in NYC all the time. Them talking about it is gonna kill that restaurant. They'll know the servers there can't be trusted. Good job on losing your job

767 days ago
41.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

I would've thought the chinese would be into that china white or booger sugar scene.

767 days ago
42.

Rhonda    

Don't really see the big deal here. Celebrities are seen out in public smoking weed all the time, so why not go to a private basement?

767 days ago
43.

Spicy mag    

I love the smell of pot in the morning.

767 days ago
44.

Diamond Goddess!    

Moral 'o this story?...

ALWAYS tip your server WELL!!!

#troof

767 days ago
45.

wtf    

OMFG THEY SMOKED SOME WEED!? OH NOES DID ANY OF THEM SURVIVE!?!?

767 days ago
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