The increase in women’s voice against violence and harassment has inspired many women to speak up. Each day we get to hear a new story of sexual harassment of some high profile people, be it a top-level journalist or a celebrity chef. If you haven’t guessed what or who we are talking about, then you should know, it is none other than John Besh.
John has been accused of sexually exploiting more than two dozen women who worked under him in his New Orleans restaurant. John is married to his wife, Jenifer Berrigan Besh, since 26 years. Let’s get the details more clearly:
Who would have thought that John Besh would steps down from his own company after being accused of sexual harassment from more than 25 current and former employees? The CEO of the Besh Restaurant has clarified that John did so to give time to his family.
Chef John Besh
Source: Travel and Leisure
It has been stated that the reported harassment in the working environment was not checked, ignored or penalized. One of the victims named Madie Robison accepted that all this would not have happened if they had a trusted person to talk.
Chef John Besh steps down from his restaurant group amid allegations of sexual harassment:
An unnamed employee added that John pressured her ‘to submit to his sexual overtures.' In fact, he even made her drink a lot and later went to her hotel room where he ‘engaged in oral sex and fell asleep.’
John tried to clear the accusations by saying that the relationship between him and the unnamed employee was nothing more than a ‘consensual’ relationship.
Need to make sure Restaurant industry is actively leading the way. respect,dignity,humanity is non negotiable. Specially protecting women— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 22, 2017
He further said:
“I also regret any harm this may have caused to my second family at the restaurant group, and sincerely apologize to anyone past and present who have worked for me who found my behavior as unacceptable as I do.”
John Besh’s married life was going smoothly until the sexual harassment allegations poured on him. John tied the knot with his wife Jennifer in 1991. During their course of their marriage, the pair welcomed four children together.
Chef John Besh with wife Jennifer Besh
Since the dark clouds have surrounded their marriage, we cannot be sure what the future beholds for the couple. If the allegations turn out to be true, John and his wife might end up in a divorce. Well, time shall tell that.