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EMILY PRESCOTT: JK Rowling rows back on ‘no men’ claim at her drunken women’s lunch

EMILY PRESCOTT: Now JK Rowling is rowing back on ‘no men’ claim at her drunken women’s lunch

When JK Rowling staged a raucous rally for women activists at her favorite west London restaurant, River Cafe, it was derided as the “gender war lunch.”

However, I can now reveal that there have been intriguing developments in the controversy, which began when it was alleged that the Michelin-starred establishment was questioning the absence of men at the event, which was held in its private room.

As we previously reported, one of the guests, author Suzanne Moore, told readers in an article about the drunken lunch and how the Harry Potter author was asked “No men?” when she called the River Cafe to book. The question sparked a social media reaction against the venue, with one critic asking, “Do they have a mandatory penis policy?”

JK liked Moore’s piece so much that she retweeted it to her 13 million Twitter followers.

Gathering: JK Rowling and Suzanne Moore, front right, with other guests at the Harry Potter author’s favorite West London restaurant, River Cafe

As we previously reported, one of the guests, author Suzanne Moore, told readers in an article about the drunken lunch and how the Harry Potter author was asked

As we previously reported, one of the guests, author Suzanne Moore, told readers in an article about the drunken lunch and how the Harry Potter author was asked “No men?” when she called the River Cafe to book. The question sparked a social media reaction against the venue, with one critic asking, “Do they have a mandatory penis policy?” JK liked Moore’s piece so much she retweeted it to her 13 million Twitter followers

However, the owner of the River Cafe was not too happy with the item. I’ve now found that the suggestion that a lack of men at the Thu was being questioned has upset owner Ruthie Rogers, with a source close to her saying she was “disappointed” that “misinformation” was being given. Scattered.

The source added: ‘Ruthie is not happy that this claim sparked a massive outcry against her beloved restaurant. She will protect it and its reputation to the utmost.’

So it’s perhaps curious that JK – a regular at the River Cafe – has returned and now says she wasn’t asked about the women-only lunch, held last month with guests including Labor MP Rosie Duffield and campaigner Julie Bindel.

In fact she now says – contrary to Moore’s piece that appeared in the Daily Telegraph – that she did not make the booking, but her ‘office’.

The source adds: “It was all kind of strange that JK loved the piece so much that she would tweet it to all her followers, but when Ruthie made her feelings known, everything changed.”

And, mysteriously, so is Moore’s piece, which can still be found online – but without mention of the ‘No men?’ telephone conversation.

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