The Dorchester in London has said it is “deeply concerned” regarding allegations that women were groped at a private event held at the hotel last week.
Following claims made in a story published by the Financial Times that some of the 130 hostesses, who were the only women in attendance at the event, were sexually harassed, it has been announced that the Presidents Club has been closed.
The five-AA-star, 250-bedroom hotel has also released a statement in which it says it is “deeply concerned with the allegations” and that it does not tolerate any form of harassment.
A spokesperson for the Dorchester said: “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations regarding the Presidents Club Charitable Trust event that was held at our hotel.
“We do not tolerate any form of harassment as expressed in our Code of Conduct and we do not support any events that appear to condone any form of misconduct.
“We will be reviewing our events contracts going forward to reinforce our guidelines for outside contributors and suppliers, and will do our utmost to prevent unacceptable behaviour on our premises.”
The two charities that benefited from the dinner, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Evelina London Children’s Hospital, have already said that they will return previous donations from the organisers as a result of the allegations.