The co-owner of the Middle East Restaurant and Night Club in Cambridge, Joseph Sater, is retiring after 44 years of managing the iconic venue. Sater steps down amid unsubstantiated claims of sexual assault that have spread on social media since October.
“We can say, unequivocally, that the allegations being spread online are absolutely not true and that just being publicly accused is absolutely devastating,” the venue said in a statement. “We have worked hard to create a warm, respectful, safe-- and, as a music venue-- fun work environment. We always strive to do better and we sincerely apologize if any current or former employees have not had a positive experience or have felt unsafe.”