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The Latest: Comedian Walliams 'appalled' by Dinner Report

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 09:38 AM

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on reports of sexual harassment of women at an event in London (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Comedian David Walliams said he didn't see any sexual misconduct at a men-only charity fundraiser that he hosted, adding he was "absolutely appalled by the reports."

The Financial Times says undercover reporters at last week's Presidents Club dinner saw women hired as hostesses being harassed and groped at the event, which was attended by hundreds of senior executives.

Walliams, who is also a successful children's author, tweeted Wednesday that he left London's Dorchester Hotel once he had finished his presenting duties at the dinner and did not witness any of the reported misconduct.

1:40 p.m.

An adviser to Britain's Department of Education has stepped down amid a growing scandal following reports of groping and lewd behavior at a men's only charity gala dinner in London last week.

Anne Milton, Britain's education minister, says David Meller, who chairs the Presidents Club event, is stepping down from his role as an adviser to the department following the revelations in a Financial Times investigation.

The report said some 100 female hostesses were hired to entertain hundreds of businessmen and political figures at the men-only fundraising dinner, and that the hostesses reported harassment including "repeated requests to join diners in bedrooms."

Milton led condemnation of the behavior, telling the House of Commons that "it is quite extraordinary to me that in the 21st Century allegations of this kind are emerging."

Labour lawmaker Jess Phillips welcomed Meller's resignation, saying the alleged behavior was "totally unacceptable."

11:30 a.m.

Britain's Great Ormond Street Hospital says it will return donations from a U.K. charity involved in allegations that women were groped at a fundraising gala attended by hundreds of senior executives and lawmakers.

The men-only event at London's Dorchester Hotel, which was held to raise money for charities, featured some 100 female hostesses, including two undercover Financial Times reporters. The journalists described harassment, lewd comments and "repeated requests to join diners in bedrooms."

The children's hospital says Wednesday it was shocked to learn of the behavior at the Presidents Club dinner and that it wouldn't knowingly accept donations raised this way.

The hospital says that it was never supposed to receive money from the dinner but that it will return previous donations and "no longer accept gifts from the Presidents Club Charitable Trust."

10 a.m.

Senior women in Britain's Parliament are demanding tougher laws against harassment after a Financial Times investigation found that women were groped at a men-only charity gala attended by hundreds of senior executives and lawmakers.

The event at London's Dorchester Hotel, which was held to raise money for charities, featured some 100 female hostesses, including two undercover FT reporters. The journalists described harassment, lewd comments and "repeated requests to join diners in bedrooms elsewhere in the Dorchester."

The event featured auction prizes of tea with Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney and lunch with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Equalities committee chair Maria Miller tweeted she hopes "every man who attended this event will think twice before accepting another invitation to a 'men only' event with more than 100 female hostesses."

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