An art furniture dealer with studios in New York has been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace and inappropriate acts with lobster at an office holiday party in 2016.
Todd Merrill, of Todd Merrill Studios in Manhattan and Southampton, has been sued by his former business director April Walker in a complaint filed in federal court on March 23, according to court documents obtained by DailyMail.com.
Walker has accused Merrill of workplace sexual harassment dating back to May 2016 and extending up until her firing, about seven months later, the document said.
Walker also said in the filing that Merrill got so 'high' at a December 2016 holiday party that he 'picked up the lobster remains on several people’s plates – including Walker’s – and, while standing, pulled them apart with his mouth and hands and threw them back on the table after he was done eating.'
A spokesperson for Merrill said the sexual harassment allegations 'are false, and can be proven so.'
Art furniture dealer Todd Merrill has been sued for alleged inappropriate workplace conduct including sexual harassment by former employee April Walker in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on March 23; Merrill is seen here (right) with James Hannaford at the Todd Merrill Studio Summer 2017 Exhibition Opening Reception at Todd Merrill Studio on June 24
At the same staff outing on December 14, 2016, Walker alleged in her complaint that Merrill 'slapped a female former employees buttocks' and 'had the wife of a male employee sit on his lap while bouncing her up and down.'
Walker was fired by Merrill over email, three days later, the complaint said.
The complaint also alleges that at a party Walker did not attend at Merrill's Long Island home in June of 2016, Merrill was intoxicated and