Manager records sexually explicit videos inside Rocky Mount restaurant, post them online
Posted July 16, 2021 6:37 p.m. EDT
Updated July 19, 2021 11:34 a.m. EDT
Rocky Mount, N.C. — Health officials have responded after sexually explicit videos were recorded by a manager inside a Rocky Mount restaurant and uploaded to the internet.
A Rocky Mount resident alerted WRAL News this week to a series of sexually explicit videos on the website OnlyFans, a subscriber-based site where people pay to view content, much of which is sexual in nature.
The videos showed a woman using a banana to simulate sex, and the viewer said that he recognized the woman in the videos as an employee of Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar and that she appeared to be filming from inside the restaurant’s office.
A Japanese restaurant menu is visible in one of the videos, along with security cameras showing the interior of the restaurant.
The viewer told WRAL their biggest concern was the woman’s sexual use of a banana, which is served on the restaurant’s menu in its cinnamon banana dessert.
Restaurant owner Joon Lee said Friday that he had no knowledge of the videos. But after viewing them, he confirmed that they were filmed in his office and that the woman in the videos was Christen Colbert, a manager who has worked at Ichiban for 15 years.
Lee said he has put Colbert on leave while he considers what to do next.
Colbert couldn't be reached for comment.
Lee later told WRAL that Colbert had called him and admitted to filming the videos, adding that, afterwards, she ate the banana herself.
A state Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said that all of the bananas in the restaurant have been thrown out and that the Nash County Health Department would be working with Lee to make sure “other action deemed appropriate” was taken.
County health department workers were at Ichiban on Friday.
Lee has owned Ichiban for more than two decades, and the restaurant has an A sanitation grade and passed an inspection within the last week.