After a pair of female undercover reporters exposed rampant sexual exploitation of women at a men-only, black-tie charity dinner billed as “the most un-PC event of the year,” a reportedly disgusted Tesla has withdrawn its sale of a Model X that was auctioned off at the event.
Two reporters from the Financial Times got into the annual Presidents Club Charity Dinner in London, and the news outlet reported their experiences in a widely read exposé published Jan 23.
More than 350 bigwigs in British industry, politics and finance were served by 130 “specially hired hostesses,” the FT reported.
Among those hostesses were two reporter-moles from the FT, and reporters were also able to access surrounding bars and the dining hall, according to the FT.
“Over the course of six hours, many of the hostesses were subjected to groping, lewd comments and repeated requests to join diners in bedrooms,” according to the FT.
Some of the women said men had repeatedly put their hands up their skirts, and one said an attendee had exposed his genitals to her, the FT reported.
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Now, this was a charity event that’s been a “mainstay of London’s social calendar for 33 years,” according to the FT, and it’s raised more than US$28mil (RM109.14mil) since it first started.
And on the night in question, nearly US$3mil (RM11.69mil) was raised – but now it appears some of that may be clawed back.
Tesla, which had sold one of its Model X SUVs to the Presidents Club for its charity auction, has now cancelled the sale, the FT reported Jan 24.
The Palo Alto electric car maker described the night’s events as ‘disgusting,’ and said it refused to support any group that would play host to such behaviour, according to the FT.
“BMW has followed Tesla’s lead and cancelled the sale of an i8 supercar that was also auctioned at the event,” the FT reported. San Jose Mercury News/Tribune News Service