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Three Women Accuse the Chateau Marmont's André Balazs of Groping Them

Balazs, known for his boutique hotel chain the Standard, is accused of reaching under actress Amanda Anka's skirt while at a movie premiere party at the Chiltern Firehouse in November 2014, the New York Times reported.

Credited with making Chateau Marmont "cool again" after buying it in 1990 and cultivating a crowd of then-hip Hollywood stars like Johnny Depp, Balazs bragged to the Telegraph earlier this year that he employed Ivanka Trump as an intern at his company for a summer and was, he claimed, complimented for his "good job" with women by Donald Trump. Balazs offered to give them a tour that involved climbing up a ladder. Anka was wearing a burgundy leather dress and was hesitant to climb the ladder, according to witnesses.

A former personal secretary of Balazs told the Times that she never witnessed any inappropriate behavior on his part.

Anka told the group what Balazs had done. Her husband and colleagues were visibly upset.

Among those who confirmed the assault to the Times was Charlie Day's wife Mary Elizabeth Ellis. Back downstairs, Bateman allegedly spit his gum in Balazs face before leaving the hotel quickly with his wife. Following the altercation, the couple promptly left the party. "On behalf of Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka, we can confirm that the account of André Balazs' outrageous and vile behaviour on that night in London is factual", the statement said.

'His actions were dealt with at the time'.

Since transforming his industry with the Standard brand he created almost two decades ago, Balazs, 60, has expertly navigated channels of celebrity, fashion and business in New York, Los Angeles and beyond.

Andre Balazs, the hospitality giant who reigns over one of Hollywood's most beloved properties, the Chateau Marmont, is the latest to be accused of sexual misconduct in a story published by the New York Times on Thursday afternoon.

Balazs did not respond to requests for comment from The New York Times or Vanity Fair. The messages were not returned. In March this year, Balazs stepped down as chairman of the Standard hotel brand. Another former employee said that Balazs pinned her in an elevator and tried to kiss her, but she was able to escape.

In 1991, she alleges that Balazs forced himself on her after taking her for dinner in Korea town. As an employee, Sarah said, she felt obligated to attend.

Balazs was married to Katie Ford, the daughter of modelling moguls Eileen and Gerard Ford, between 1985 and 2004.



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