Italian cafe owners, restaurateurs and restaurant employees are facing accusations of sexual abuse, including one who has allegedly been sexually assaulted.

The investigation into the allegations began after a tip-off from a woman, who was in her 20s, in November 2016.

The woman told the news website that she had been groped by a man at the café Amici in central Rome, and was subsequently expelled from the café.

She said that the man was known to her.

When the man returned to the café, he was accompanied by two men, who then allegedly made lewd remarks.

The woman was so upset by the alleged sexual assault that she was unable to go home.

She later called the police and asked them to take a forensic examination of the premises.

The restaurant’s owner, Stefano Di Carlo, who has lived in the area for five years, was charged with two counts of sexual battery and two counts, of having sexual relations with a minor, by prosecutors.

He denied the allegations and said that he had been the victim of a “witch hunt”.

He denied being a paedophile, and said the accusations against him were politically motivated.

The prosecutor’s office declined to comment.

Di Carlo, 58, has denied the accusations and said he was not a paedophobe.

“I was not involved in sexual acts with minors,” he told The Associated Press news agency.

“I did not do this to a minor.”

He has been in prison since November.