A teenage hostess at the notorious Presidents Club bash has claimed an elderly man offered her £75,000 for sex and told her: “I like that you’re young.”
The 19-year-old claimed her bum was repeatedly groped and she was certain prostitutes mingled among regular waitresses at the after party.
Police were last night considering investigating claims of “groping and harassment” at the event. Several MPs urged the Met to look into allegations about the way women were treated at the function for 360 men, billed as “the most un-PC event of the year”.
Dozens of women were employed as “hostesses” and ordered to wear skimpy black dresses, matching underwear and high heels for the charity dinner at The Dorchester Hotel in London.
Our source, who worked for the “first and last” time as a hostess, recalled a series of sleazy encounters.
She said: “An old man in his 70s beckoned me over and said, ‘I will offer you £50,000 for sex’. When I said I no, he said, ‘OK then, £75,000’.
“He could not get it into his head I couldn’t be bought. He assumed I was a prostitute. I told him my age and he said, ‘My youngest daughter’s older than you – I like that you’re young’.
“It was scary. I spent the last hour hiding in the toilet.”
The student said many attendees wanted to “feed” the younger women.
She added: “One man made me sit next to him and tried to spoon-feed me a chocolate dessert. It was the creepiest thing.
“I know men had rooms ready booked in the hotel. In the after party all the men were groping the girls.
“There were girls sitting on sofas trying to get away from these creepy old guys.”
She claimed Caroline Dandridge, founder of Artista Events, the agency that provided the hostesses, said to them as they were about to enter the event: “Men go to this event to have fun and get away from their wives.”
There is no suggestion Ms Dandridge or Artista Events were aware there may have been prostitutes there, or that they supplied prostitutes for the event. Our source added: “We thought attendees were there to raise money for a children’s charity. It’s disgusting.”
A confirmation email sent from Ms Dandridge to hostesses – seen by the Daily Mirror – said 130 of them would work the room for nine hours, at a fee of £150 + £20 for travel.