John Besh out at Besh Restaurant Group

Chef John Besh shown from the days when he was on active duty in the Marine Corps. Manuel Torres

Chef John Besh shown from the days when he was on active duty in the Marine Corps. Manuel Torres

Other fallout: Harrah's New Orleans casino has since broken ties with Besh's company, and a top chef with Besh's group says he was sacked after speaking out about the company culture (though some women say he didn't help matters). The Times-Picayune that they were victims of sexual harassment while working at BRG or the organization's restaurants.

Harrah's Besh restaurant inside the casino, Besh Steak, will remain open under a different name to be announced soon, Dan Real, Caesars Entertainment regional president-south and Harrah's New Orleans general manager, said in a statement.

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In a letter to Besh Restaurant Group employees obtained Monday by the Los Angeles Times, company executive Shannon White said Besh "has made a decision to step down from all aspects of operations and to provide his full focus on his family". Harrah's emphasized that the restaurant's employees work for Harrah's, not Besh Restaurant Group. White, formerly the company's chief operating officer, thanked her staff for being patient during what she described as "an extremely stressful time".

The Besh Group, which was established in 2005, has never had a professional human resources department to process employee complaints.

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In the months before the revelations broke, two official complaints were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Before he quit Besh issued a statement in which he said he had "deeply hurt those I love by thoughtlessly engaging in a consensual relationship with one member of my team" two years ago. "Since then I have been seeking to rebuild my marriage and come to terms with my reckless actions given the profound love I have for my wife, my boys and my Catholic faith".

Besh, 49, added, "I alone am entirely responsible for my moral failings". The casino had been home to Besh Steak since 2003. In a separate statement, a BRG attorney says the company has "revamped our training, education, and procedures accordingly" after hearing the women's complaints. "It is important to note that the restaurant employees work for and are managed by Harrah's New Orleans, not the Besh Restaurant Group".

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