Julian Niccolini, the co-owner and managing partner of the iconic Four Seasons restaurant, was arrested on Wednesday, June 3, and charged with a felony count of sexual abuse.
The restaurant, which has stood in the Seagram Building on 52nd Street since it opened in 1959, is in negotiations for a new space as the building’s landlord, Aby Rosen, has said that he will not renew the lease.
Niccolini, 62, is accused of sexually assaulting the 28-year-old daughter of a business associate. As first reported by The New York Post, Niccolini allegedly groped the woman during a private party at the restaurant, attempting to pull up her dress, lower her stockings, and remove her bra.
“Her back was pretty scratched up. They were both drinking but not drunk,” a member of law enforcement told The Post.
During Niccolini’s arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Court, a prosecutor from the district attorney’s office also stated that the woman had been “sexually attacked with such force that he ripped her bra open and caused significant scratch marks on her back and bruising on her hip.”
The victim told detectives that she asked her attacker repeatedly to stop, and struggled to escape his grasp, but could not.
Released without bail on Wednesday evening, Niccolini told reporters, “I am not guilty. I look forward to being back to work tomorrow.”