>> Welcome to the most unPC event of the year. That's the reported greeting that met attendees of the Presidents Club gala. Revelations about the secretive London event forced top British politicians and businessmen to defend their attendance, and led to charities handing back donated funds, and turned the sexual harassment spotlight on the hospitality industry, with the Presidents Club saying they will not host any further fundraising events.
Women staff at the men only gathering were grouped, propositioned, and sexually harassed, according to the Financial Times. Its reporter went undercover at the gala that's been running for over 30 years. She says hostesses were paraded in front of men and told to wear skimpy black dresses with matching underwear.
Reuters Estelle Shirbon says the event is aimed at high rollers.>> So politicians, people from finance, people from the world of business, sports, property tycoons, it seems to be able to pull in quite senior, influential people.>> The issue has already found itself front and center in Parliament.
>> And disgust, and astonishment frankly that an event of this nature could have even taken place.>> The charity gala was held in the prestigious Dorchester Hotel. At an afterparty, one man allegedly asked a woman to rip off her knickers and dance on the table.>> The fallout is coming very rapidly and it's spreading quickly.
So, WPP, the advertising firm that in the past would sponsor a table at this gala, has said that it's severing all ties with the organization and would not be involved in future. Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is a famous children's hospital in London, which has received donations from this event in the past, has said that it would be returning the donations and it didn't want anything to do with it.
>> It all comes amid ongoing allegations of sexual wrongdoing from Hollywood to the corridors of power. This expose, again, raising questions about how this sort of behavior went unnoticed for so long.