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Mario Batali Accused of Sexual Misconduct By 4 Women

December 11, 2017 | Posted by Ashish
Mario Batali

Eater NY reports that four women have come forward to accuse star chef Mario Batali of “inappropriate touching.” Three of the women were former employees of Batali.

The allegations, which span two decades, include groping breasts, grabbing someone from behind, and compelling a woman to straddle him.

Batali has responded, saying, “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact match up with ways I have acted.”

Batali also said he is stepping away from the day-to-day operations of his many restaurants and businesses, and he will also be stepping away from his role as one of the hosts on ABC’s The Chew.

Interestingly enough, Anthony Bourdain must have been tipped off about this story yesterday, as he tweeted out on Sunday night insinuating he knew what was coming on Monday. He also tweeted that he knew of firsthand stories about Batali.

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