Tenjune Owner Accused of Sexually Harassing Employees

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Mark Birnbaum, the owner of the meatpacking district clubs Tenjune and Simyone Lounge, has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually harassing, molesting, and exposing himself to several female employees. According to the suit, "Birnbaum made unwelcome sexual advances, requested sexual favors, and engaged in inappropriate and illegal verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature with plaintiffs, all of whom are young female employees at the lounges. Indeed, defendant Birnbaum's conduct was so egregious that it amounted to sexual assault and battery." The suit claims the abuse dates back to 2009, and Birnbaum's lawyer, Peter Toumbekis, denied all the charges. "All these individuals are still currently working for the company and have been for years," he said. According to the lawsuit, "All the plaintiffs have been scarred emotionally and are undergoing psychiatric treatment." Interestingly, the suit was filed by the same law firm that is bringing a case against Dov Charney for allegedly forcing a teenage employee to be his personal sex slave.

Manhattan club owner Mark Birnbaum accused of sexually harassing, molesting female employees [NYDN]