Chef Mario Batali Cleared Of Sexual Misconduct Case

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On Tuesday, the celebrity chef , Mario Batali; was acquitted of sexual misconduct after a two day trial. The restaurateur and author was accused of groping a woman in 2019; only two years later from being accused of the same from another victim. In the height of the #MeToo movement, Eater published an exposé; in which four women accused the celebrity chef of inappropriate touching. Multiple additional women subsequently came forward and accused Batali of misconduct; while the New York Police Department investigated sexual assault allegations against him.

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Overall, there were several allegations from various women accusing the chef of sexual misconduct.

However he was cleared of them on Tuesday.

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Nevertheless, New York police closed their investigation into Batali without bringing charges against him in 2019. But later that year; he was charged with indecent assault and battery in Boston; in connection with a woman who alleged he forcibly kissed and groped her at a bar; while they were taking photos together.

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The alleged victim, Natali Tene; also filed a lawsuit against Batali from an alleged assault in 2017; accusing Batali of of indecent assault and battery for kissing and groping her against her will.

However, his trial on the criminal charges began in May 2022; while he faced the possibility of over two years in prison; if convicted. Regardless, he waived his right to a jury trial; allowing the judge to decide his fate. Clearly, that decision worked out in his favor.

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