A high profile lawsuit against Mexican restaurateur Julian Medina, which included allegations that the chef blackmailed a staff member with a sex tape, was dismissed from the courts less than three weeks after it was filed, Eater has learned.
Attorneys for plaintiff Olga Ramos, who worked as a bartender at Toloache, and Medina, who also owns Yerba Buena and Tacuba, entered into a voluntarily dismissal with prejudice on August 25, according to court documents.
A voluntarily dismissal with prejudice typically means that the parties have come to an out-of-court agreement. Neither of the lawyers involved immediately responded to this reporter's inquiries after regular business hours.
Ramos, in the initial complaint, accused Medina of sexual harassment, including verbal and physical harassment at work, as well as an instance wherein the chef allegedly sent the defendant a text that included a video of her performing fellatio, taken without her consent or knowledge, during the course of a romantic relationship.
Ramos asked for a sum of no less than $500,000, plus punitive damages and attorneys fees.
According to a New York Post article from August 6, Medina's attorney said the chef “is innocent of the charges," and added that “Ms. Ramos has manufactured this scandalous tale for the sole purpose of embarrassing our client."