"STay OUt, I'm ChANGiNg"
A rainmaking partner at the City office of a US firm got his team's annual Christmas party cancelled after he groped a young secretary, a source within the firm has alleged.
RollOnFriday is not naming the firm or the partner, but let's call him 'Handsy', as it has not been possible to contact his alleged victim to obtain her consent to the risk of being 'jigsawed'.
According to the source, Handsy made his unwanted advances at his team's Christmas party, prior to 2020. The middle-aged partner, who is a well-known name in his field, was allegedly drunk and "exceedingly inappropriate" with one of the secretaries in the team. "He was touching and groping her. He ran his hand on her thigh and bum area. He also brushed against her chest area. He also repeatedly tried to dance with her inappropriately. At one point he had her isolated on the sofa and had his arm over her shoulder and his hand rested on her leg and thigh", said the source.
"She was visually upset and uncomfortable", said the source, and in tears by the end of the night. "It was clear she was trying to get away from the situation but he wouldn’t stop".
The alleged sofa-groping was witnessed by a number of people, while more staff witnessed the partner's roving hands on the dance floor. Handsy made a similar attempt on another of the secretaries, but she was "more successful in ridding herself of him" and managed to leave the event early, said the source.
His first alleged victim was "very upset" and eventually moved to another team, said the insider, while Handsy's behaviour back in the office was described as "very shady": associates who spoke openly about the incident were "rebuked", and he allegedly used colleagues to put pressure on the distressed PA to retract her story.
The only tangible fallout for Handsy was that his team was stripped of the right to have a Christmas party, according to the source. "There were Christmas events organised the following years but they were very different", they said. Meanwhile, the groping bug was passed on.