5 Disturbing Details About The EXTREME Sexual Harassment That Caused 6 Employees To SUE The Famous Plaza Hotel In NYC

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Former employees called it "ground zero" for rape culture.

Since it first opened its doors in 1907, the Plaza Hotel has been an icon for luxury and fame in Midtown Manhattan.

The likes of Liza Minnelli, Marlene Dietrich, and even The Beatles have performed and stayed at the hotel. Our very own Donald Trump owned the hotel in the 1980s and married Marla Maples there in 1993. The building has even served as the location for the infamous "Eloise" children's book and was named in the "The Great Gatsby." 

You may have even seen in one of the many iconic films it's been used in, including "Home Alone 2: Lost In New York," and "Sleepless In Seattle." 

Well, now the famous hotel is getting notoriety for a much more sinister reason. Six women filed a lawsuit against the iconic NYC hotel, claiming they were forced to work in a rape culture after male managers and co-workers sexually harassed them. 

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According to TMZ, three of the women are current employees and three are former employees. All say they've been subjected to unwanted groping and kissing and sexual remarks that were ignored by the hotel's management team. A number of damages they're suing for is unknown at this time.

"While patrons enjoy the iconic culture of The Plaza, many of its female employees are forced to endure a culture of a different type -- rape culture," the complaint states.

Here are five disturbing details we've learned about the incident, exactly what the male employees did and the reasons for the lawuit: 

1. One female employee said she was followed by her manager into a coat closet. 

One of the plaintiffs claimed that her manager sexually assaulted her twice. 

She said he followed her into a coat closet, cornered her, started grabbing her by the waist.and forcibly kissed her. After she resisted, he left the closet but followed her back two more times. 

When she continually refused his advances, she said he began to cry and said, "I don't understand why you don't want me."

2. Multiple women reported being groped. 

One woman stated in the complaint that she was subjected to "egregious and incessant sexual comments" and was "physically grabbed and touched her body without her consent." Another, who is a current employee, claimed she's groped and touched without her consent three to four times a week. 

Another plaintiff says one of her male coworkers tried looking under her skirt.

3. One married coworker came onto one of the women.

Apparently, marriage doesn't stop the harassment. One of the women said that she attempted to deflect one of her male coworkers' advances by reminding him of his wife. 

He responded, "Well, you can't eat the same food all the time, you have to switch it up sometimes."

4. Another employee showed them a photo of his penis. 

In one instance, a male co-worker apparently showed a female co-worker photos of his penis.

Another male co-worker suggested her outfit choices were to blame and said, "If you know you're dressing like that with guys around, you can't expect a man not to react. I'm a human being what am I supposed to do?"

5. They all claim to have dealt with gross sexual comments.  

All of the women filing the complaint claim to have had gross sexual comments made at them during work. Those comments include: 

- "I can tell you had sex last night."
- "I want to taste you."
- "My d**k hurts, I had sex with 3 girls I met at the bar last night."

One of the women said a male co-worker told her he'd "eat your p**sy," and began hugging her from behind. Another brought a large cucumber and white sauce to work and repeatedly told one of the plaintiffs she should dip the cucumber in the white sauce which "has lots of protein."

In a 50-page complaint filed in state court, all six women accuse Plaza management and its owners of "normalizing and trivializing sexual assault and abuse."

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