Laura Ramadei, a bartender in New York City, posted an open letter on Facebook earlier this week to the hedge fund manager who she said groped her. She said he only left a $2 tip and posted a screenshot of his receipt.
Her status has been shared thousands of times with hundreds of commenters coming to her defense. She ended the lengthy status with a request that everyone be nice to their bartender or waitress.
Please be kind to your server. If your drink took a while, it might just be because your bartender was rage crying about misogyny in the bathroom. Also because if you're not nice to her, she just might memorize the name from your credit card, find you online, hunt you down, and pee in your bed while you're sleeping.
Ramadei's screenshot included the name of the customer she alleges didn't tip her and groped her, Brian Lederman, a director at Swiss Performance Management & Truehand AG.
Interestingly enough, the New York Post got a hold of Lederman and asked him about the incident. Lederman denies he ever touched her, but doesn't deny that he does grope women.
A wealthy hedge-fund titan made a bungled attempt to defend himself against a claim that he fondled a waitress at a trendy Soho restaurant, by bizarrely bragging that he gropes other women all the time.
"I've grabbed plenty of girls' asses in my life," Brian H. Lederman boasted to The Post. "But I've never grabbed hers."
He then threatened to use his connections in New York City to make sure Ramadei never got a job again.
He said he was furious that she claimed he did more than spew sleaze.
"That f**king c**t, for her to do something like that is pretty ridiculous," he told the Post.
He then threatened to make sure she doesn't serve lunch in this town again.
"I will make sure she doesn't get another job in New York City. I know everybody," he raged. "The bar owners, the club owners — that's a terrible thing to write about somebody."
Lederman's response in the Post has done nothing to help the online outrage over Ramadei's Facebook status. Many Twitter users are tweeting at his business associates demanding they drop him.
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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