Celebrity chef Mario Batali under criminal investigation, NY police say

Celebrity chef Mario Batali under criminal investigation, NY police say

Batali has hit back in a statement, saying: 'I vehemently deny the allegation that I sexually assaulted this woman. Some of his accusers and witnesses opened up to "60 Minutes" correspondent Anderson Cooper about what they say he did.

"He crossed a line".

The woman alleged that Batali drugged and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious, waking up to find apparent semen on her skirt. "And this is - part of the messy, scary part for me, there is a part where it - it all disappears", said the woman, who asked CBS to remain anonymous because she was looking for work in the restaurant industry.

PREVIOUS: At the end of a year ago, chef and TV personality Mario Batali stepped out of the spotlight and from his businesses after nine women came forward with sexual misconduct accusations against him. "The first thing I think is, 'I've been drugged.' That was the first thing I thought is, 'I've been-I've been assaulted'".

It's not now known where in the restaurant the sexual assault took place.

"I woke up by myself, on the floor - I don't know where I am - of an empty room, wooden floor", she explained.

"They tried getting me to file a report".

"We called him the Red Menace", she added. They tried, they tried.

Jamie Seet, who was a manager at The Spotted Pig, told CBS that she once complained to Friedman about Batali, but nothing came of it. "My only focus is finding a personal path forward - a path where I can continue in my charitable endeavors - helping the underprivileged and those in need".

"I came in with this idea that I knew this particular goat cheese, because I had read it somewhere in a book - 't-o-m-m-e, ' which is tomme", he said.

The victim went to police in March though the assault happened in 2004, according to sources with knowledge of the complaint.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is at the center of a police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Batali, who also referred to statements he gave Eater and the Times in December, was reportedly "eyeing a second act" as recently as April. In her report, the woman claims she was drinking at Batali's restaurant Babbo when she went upstairs to use the bathroom.

A statement from B&B Hospitality Group, whose flagship restaurant is Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, said they were not aware of the specific allegations on "60 Minutes" until the segment aired.

After sexual misconduct allegations against Mario Batali emerged Sunday night on "60 Minutes", Eataly confirmed Monday that Batali has had no direct involvement with the Italian market and food hall since December 2017 and that the company is in the process of a full separation from the chef.

"Mr. Batali, who has never been known for his patience, is asking that question-actively exploring when or whether he should begin his comeback", the story reads.



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