Famed Las Vegas Restauranter Mario Batali Taking Heat for Sexual Harassment

Famed chef and Las Vegas restauranter Mario Batali will be stepping away from the day-to-day operations of his restaurants, amid allegations that he has sexually harassed women. Batali will also take a leave of absence from his ABC cooking show, The Chew. Eater.com discussed Batali’s mis-deeds, including repeated allegations of sexually harassing his female staff. […]

Famed chef and Las Vegas restauranter Mario Batali will be stepping away from the day-to-day operations of his restaurants, amid allegations that he has sexually harassed women. Batali will also take a leave of absence from his ABC cooking show, The Chew.

Eater.com discussed Batali’s mis-deeds, including repeated allegations of sexually harassing his female staff.

The report covers the stories of four women over a period of 20 years. Three of the women said that Batali groped them one or more times. A fourth claimed that he wanted her to straddle him.

Celebrity Chef Admits Sexual Misconduct

Eater interviewed Batali about the allegations against him. And he admits that some of the reports about him acting inappropriately towards staff members are true.

“Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me,” said Batali, “much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.”

More on Batali’s Restaurants

Mario Batali owns over two dozen restaurants worldwide, including three on the Las Vegas Strip.

This makes Batali one of the biggest names among chefs with business interests in Vegas.

He frequently makes appearances at his Vegas restaurants, among others. However, he won’t be making the rounds while battling the sexual misconduct allegations aimed at him.

Given that Batali has already admitted that some or all of the stories reflect his behavior, he could be in for a long road ahead. Going further, it’s unclear when – if ever – he’ll return to running his restaurant operations on a day-to-day basis.

 

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