Waitress who refused Owen Wilson’s advances is suing


Yikes. This is a little human interest story I read in Page Six this morning, and it freaked me out a little. It seems Owen Wilson was recently in Café Habana in Manhattan, and he became quite taken with the waitress, Monica Mateo. So he asked her out – only to be refused. Simple story, right? “Hollywood Hunk Gets Shut Down”. Not so much. It seems that Mateo’s boss got freaked out and tried to force her to go out with Owen Wilson, telling her “You know what coffee means in Hollywood, right? . . . Don’t screw this up. Owen’s a good customer.” Yikes. Is he a manager or a pimp?

Turning down Owen Wilson for a date was bad for the career of a waitress at Cafe Habana, she claims.

Monica Mateo is suing the eco-friendly NoLIta eatery, claiming her hours were slashed after she rejected an offer by the “Butterscotch Stallion” to take her out for coffee, The Post’s Bruce Golding reports.

Mateo claims in a Manhattan federal court filing that restaurant manager Leslie Meenan went ballistic after learning of the snub, saying: “You know what coffee means in Hollywood, right? . . . Don’t screw this up. Owen’s a good customer.”

Mateo’s lawyer, Maimon Kirschenbaum, said the 30-something server already had a boyfriend and “had no interest” in the “Wedding Crashers” star, who once dated Kate Hudson. Cafe Habana owner Sean Meenan, Leslie’s brother, couldn’t be reached, and Wilson’s rep didn’t return our e-mails for comment.

[From Page Six]

That’s just gross. But, you know what? This isn’t Owen Wilson’s fault. I seriously doubt Owen went over to the manager and was like “That waitress won’t go out with me, she needs to be fired!” Owen probably didn’t know anything about it, and from what little I know about him, he seems like the kind of guy who would be horrified that some waitress lost her job over his advances. And yes, she wasn’t really fired, her hours were “slashed”. That’s the way some bosses handle it, and I do think the two things were related. Gross.

Owen Wilson in Washington for the ‘Night at the Museum 2’ premiere on May 14, 2009. Credit: WENN.


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  1. Tia C says:

    How odd. Why would her boss care who she dates? Just bizarre.

  2. Dorothy says:

    well the bright spot is- her boss is an asshole and hopefully she will get him for all he is worth and never have to see him again!

  3. Akasha says:

    @Tia C:

    Publicity, probably.

  4. nAynAy says:

    I highly doubt there is any validy to this story. I personally think she’s just out to make some money, just look those Tiger Woods’ whores.

  5. Icecat says:

    What a Douche. I totally agree that Owen would probably be horrified if he knew what had happened. The owners just want Celebrities in the place and I guess to them that means pimping out their staff. Just dispicable.

  6. princess pea says:

    @ nAynAy – But it’s NOTHING like the Tiger Woods sitch… why draw a line?
    Owen Wilson
    Single Boy meets girl.
    Boy asks girl out; girl says no.
    Girl’s Boss gets weird and pimpy.
    Tiger Woods
    Married man meets dozens of hookers and groupies. Sleeps with most of them.

    See? Not the same.
    What’s in it for her to be lying? You know, if your boss cut your hours because you wouldn’t go out with the dude he said you should… that’s sexual harassment, and he SHOULD be sued.

  7. Tia C says:

    @ Akasha – yeah, I guess. It’s still weird to me, though, that her boss would act like that. But there are a LOT of stupid/petty people in this world!

    princess pea, you are right, that IS sexual harassment. Guess that would explain the lawsuit. If this is all true, I hope she wins!

  8. annie says:

    I 100% believe this. The boss is a complete douche. I hope she suses and gets a high 6 figure settlement.

  9. Lantana says:

    @ p pea – LOL. I read your post and my first thought was, “She should be a high school guidance counselor.” If more people had that attitude maybe half this crap wouldn’t come up.

  10. n says:

    close this restaurant down.
    they’re not doing anyone any good.

  11. snowball says:

    Everytime I hear “Butterscotch Stallion,” I think of Jello pudding.

  12. Alarmjaguar says:

    mmmm, butterscotch pudding…

  13. Obvious says:

    I don’t know princess pea i see alot in common! they are both males and are hooking up with females! see the same thing! *end sarcasm*

  14. Allie says:

    I think you all are giving Owen Wilson too much credit.

    There’s probably a LOT of dirty stuff that gets covered up about him.

    He might have had a tantrum and told the manager that he was angry that he was rejected and that if she didn’t “put out” then he wouldn’t patronize the place any longer.

    Look beyond the superficial charm.

    BTW – The waitresses are totally right to sue if things truly went down the way they are claiming.

  15. Cheyenne says:

    She should sue the boss for every cent he’s got and everybody should boycott that place until they shut it down.

  16. Firestarter says:

    I’m sorry, but I seriously doubt that Owen Wilson gave an eff less if she refused him and ran crying to the management over it.

    Please , it is all the manager and owners fault, not Wilson’s. All he did was take a chance and got shot down. He’s hardly losing sleep over it.

  17. Laura says:


    My best friend has an incredibly hot sister (blond, tiny, etc.) who was seriously pursued by Mr Wilson here. She told me how he kept trying to get her number, and he was hitting on everything with boobs and legs.

    He’s supposed to be quite the womanizer. Not to say he is responsible for what the restaurant manager did– but she should sue her boss. Your employer cannot punish you for refusing to go on a date!

  18. Jean says:

    Someone nicknamed the “Butterscoth Stallion” didn’t get the name for not liking “boobs and legs”. But that doesn’t mean Owen is at all responsible for the restaurant manager’s actions. Owen wouldn’t need to demand the manager to force his waitresses to go out with him. The man could just call up escorts for that. He’s got the means and the money for it.

    This sounds more like a restaurant that is “celebrity obsessed” and Tiger’s whores would be perfect employees for his brothel.

  19. moo says:

    has he always looked this weird? or does he have make up on?

  20. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “He might have had a tantrum and told the manager that he was angry that he was rejected and that if she didn’t “put out” then he wouldn’t patronize the place any longer.”

    while this MAY be true, I doubt it. the man can probably get laid very easily. if one woman turns him down, he moves onto the next one, and so on, until he finds one that says yes.

    I just can’t see him throwing a fit over a girl turning him down. I’m sure it’s not the first time it’s happened.

  21. crash2GO2 says:

    I think the Wilson boys were raised too right for me to believe Owen had anything to do with these shenanigans. JMHO.

    P.S. Owen’s got some serious pancake makeup problems in these photos. Yikes!

  22. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    But if he did throw a tantrum then why would the plaintiff leave that out and go after her boss instead? I’m willing to bet that she’s not the first waitress to have had a patron hit on her, so what kind of crack is her boss smoking? What ‘service’ does she think this is? And what kind of sense does it make to make all kinds of staffing amendments based solely on your ‘grudge of the week’? How many employees– and for how long– are going to put up with that crap? If this is true, the restaurant’s going to take a heavy PR blow? ‘Hey, you know where I want to eat tonight? At that non-consensual sex dungeon!’ Or, ‘So what made you decide to go our with me?’
    ‘I didn’t decide, my boss forced me, and she owns all of my subsidiary rights.’ Now, that’s romance. That boss needs a good pimp slap (not literally, but woof!)

  23. GatsbyGal says:

    Uh-oh, now he’s going to try and kill himself again.

  24. la chica says:

    how did the boss find out that she rejected Owen’s advance???