Zach Erdem, the owner of 75 Main in Southampton, has said he wants their names removed from the history of his restaurant.
Epstein, who was awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City in August 2019. Law enforcement sources said to CNN that he had committed suicide. Weinstein, a former Hollywood producer, was sentenced in March to 23 years in prison after being convicted of a first-degree criminal sex act involving one woman and third-degree rape involving another.
When they visited 75 Main, the two used to dine at Table 1, according to Erdem.
“When I thought about it, like Jeffrey Epstein used to sit at this table, all I could think of was that I had to burn this table f —— and make sure nothing stained my restaurant.” , Erdem, 39, told CNN.
Erdem – surrounded by local residents and waiters – said he smashed the table with an ax and hammer before spraying it in a lighter fluid and setting it on fire then that people were applauding and chanting “Burn, Epstein, burn!” ”
In addition to “getting rid of their bad energy,” Erdem said he did it to send a clear message to anyone planning to visit 75 Main:
“People who abuse women are not welcome here. “
CNN’s Anna Sturla contributed to this report.