On election night 2012, New York City restaurant icon Ken Friedman co-hosted a party for liberal Democrats. "I'm very political," he told the New York Times. By that he meant he champions women's rights. Now he is accused of preying on women, just like his liberal buddy, Mario Batali.
Friedman likes to travel in elite celebrity circles, serving the likes of Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair; they even own restaurants together. One of Friedman's prize possessions is the Spotted Pig, known by Zagat for its "celeb sightings." The Pig is also home to male pigs.
The third floor of the Pig, fondly known as the "rape room," is where fat cats like Friedman and Batali strut their stuff. This is where a drunken Batali was caught on video molesting a gal in 2008.
Ten women have reportedly accused Friedman of all sorts of sexual misconduct. Some say they were required to pull "all-night shifts at private parties that included public sex and nudity." Friendly's never sounded so attractive.
Some of the women are also gems. One woman who objected to Friedman going too far said she didn't mind being groped. "There is a grab-ass, superfun late night culture—I love that part of the industry." So do the men.
Liberals, of course, deplore Catholic sexual ethics: exercising restraint is a taboo. But not rape. Which is why liberal celebs from Hollywood studios to Big Apple restaurants are finally paying the bill for decades of cultural corruption and sexual debasement.
Bill Donohue is President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. He was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and is the author of seven books and many articles.