Mario Batali Faces Criminal Charges For Sexual Misconduct
Former celebrity-chef, Mario Batali, is being charged with indecent assault and battery, a year after admitting to sexual misconduct.
He faced civil litigation which he now, for the first time, faces a criminal charge for sexual misconduct — a criminal complaint was filed on April 4, in which a woman told law enforcement that he assaulted her in 2017 at a Boston restaurant.
In her criminal complaint, she alleges that during a selfie with Mario, touched her groin, grabbed her chest and kissed her without her consent, to which she claims he allegedly kept “pulling on her face” every time she moved away.
unCrazed is being told that if Mario is convicted, he faces up to 2 and a half years in prison and would be registered as a sex offender. In December 2017, he was accused of sexual harassment and assault from four women, to which he apologised via his newsletter and infamously included a recipe for pizza dough cinnamon rolls, followed by leaving the ABC television show, The Chew.
Anthony Fuller, his attorney, said in a statement, “Mr. Batali denies the allegations in both this criminal complaint and the civil complaint filed last August … The charges, brought by the same individual without any new basis, are without merit. He intends to fight the allegations vigorously, and we expect the outcome to fully vindicate Mr. Batali.”