The notorious President’s Club dinner where young women were allegedly groped by wealthy businessmen has been blasted in a Charity Commission probe, MailOnline can reveal.
Bosses at the gala where agency-hired young hostesses were asked to describe what underwear they would be wearing were condemned by the Commission.
Trustees at the scandal-hit charity event told the Commission said they saw nothing wrong with the skimpy dresses and high heels the girls were told to wear.
They also said that they had specified the size and shape of the hostesses so that they could fit existing sexy dresses and keep costs down.
The notorious Presidents Club dinner where young women were allegedly groped by wealthy businessmen has been blasted in a Charity Commission probe
In a leaked 11-page report, charity bosses were condemned for:
- Failing to see the risks of staging an event involving young women and middle aged men
- Absence of oversight and a lack of awareness of the regulations when putting on such an event
- Making ‘ill informed’ decisions that damaged the reputation of the charity
The investigation found that the PCCT charity – which has hosted the event for 33 years, raising £18million – had not acted with ‘reasonable care and skill’ when putting on an event of this nature.
Trustees had failed to see the risks of holding an event where female hostesses were told to wear sexy clothing and serve drinks to its all male guest list, it found.
Organisers accepted that their model of fundraising would be considered ‘less appropriate in today’s world’.
The scandal-hit charity hit the headlines in January when a female reporter from the Financial Times – went undercover at the men-only event – where she said women were grabbed and propositioned.
Bosses at the Presidents Club gala where agency-hired young hostesses were asked to describe what underwear they would be wearing were condemned by the Commission
Journalist Madison Marriage claimed she and other women were groped, subject to lewd comments and propositioned at the event held in the Dorchester Hotel in London.
One man is said to have exposed himself while another said he wanted to rip the knickers off a hostess.
The guest list at the event read like a ‘who’s who’ of British business, although many of those sent invites failed to attend and swiftly distanced themselves from the charity in the fall out from the scandal.
Auction prizes on offer included high-powered lunches with the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.
Sports cars were also raffled off while an offer of plastic surgery for ‘your missus’ attracted much bidding among the 360-men in the room.
The dinner raised more than £2m with comedian David Walliams hosting the event and TV presenter Jonathan Gould leading a charity auction.
Both men said they never witnessed any sexual harassment and were ‘appalled’ by the allegations.
The scandal led to widespread condemnation by MPs