The hostess of Robert De Niro-founded Nobu Malibu, a sushi parlor favored by Beyonce, the Kardashians and even embattled first son Hunter Biden, claims she was sexually assaulted at the restaurant, allegedly forcing female employees to endure a constant sexual harassment. , according to a new lawsuit.
The host, identified as Jane Doe, 23, filed a $500,000 lawsuit Wednesday against the celebrity venue, which she says forces its female workforce to “dress in skimpy clothing and ignore advances.” unwanted sexual harassment from managers and clients.
“It is a frustrating irony that Nobu serves a Hollywood client list that routinely speaks out against and cancels contemporaries who exhibit the same type of misogynistic and exploitative behavior that Nobu’s managers seem to encourage,” said Doe’s attorney, Bernard Alexander, in a statement.
Doe, an aspiring actress, said she was drawn to Nobu’s glamorous reputation in Hollywood, as stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper and Selena Gomez could be seen on any given night.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa founded Nobu Malibu with Robert De Niro, a longtime customer turned friend. Getty Images for Nobu
The chic sushi restaurant is a Kardashian favorite, and Kris, Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian were all spotted at the popular spot in 2015. Charley Gallay
However, the charm quickly faded when Doe found herself at the mercy of slick customers, and the routine harassment reached its peak when she was assaulted by a former manager identified only as Marcus, according to the lawsuit filed in County Superior Court. The Angels. .
“[Marcus] “He repeatedly touched her buttocks with his hand while she worked,” Alexander said. “On one occasion, her manager grabbed both of her hands and kissed her neck after they had been drinking.”
The former manager was also accused of obtaining women’s phone numbers from Nobu’s employee directory and calling them for dates and sexual favors.
David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrive at Nobu Malibu in 2007. WireImage
Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble celebrate their Haute Living cover at Nobu Malibu on August 24, 2015. Vivien Killilea
After Doe and other waitresses filed a complaint, Marcus was fired in 2022. However, he was allowed to return as a customer, where he continued to harass female workers who complained about him, the lawsuit claims.
Doe accuses management of making her and her coworkers “openly endure sexual advances and abuse in order to maintain Nobu’s glamorous reputation and keep their jobs.”
The lawsuit adds that the “harassment was non-consensual and based on plaintiff’s gender,” as male employees allegedly had no such problems at the restaurant.
Kim Kardashian and her then-husband Kanye West will leave Nobu Malibu in 2021. NGRE/BACKGRID
De Niro, Matsuhisa and their co-founder Meir Teper, a film producer, at an event at Nobu London last year. Dave Bennett/Getty Images
Doe is seeking $500,000 in damages for allegations of sexual assault and battery, negligent hiring and supervision, employment discrimination based on gender, harassment, retaliation, and other violations of California state law.
Representatives for Nobu Malibu did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
The Nobu chain was founded by chef Nobu Matsuhisa as a joint venture with his loyal customer-turned-business partner Robert De Niro and film producer Meir Teper.
The business venture started in 1994 and by 2023, there are 56 restaurants worldwide with more planned to open.