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Movie star chef Mario Batali settles 2 sexual assault lawsuits

Movie star chef Mario Batali settles 2 sexual assault lawsuits

Batali stepped down from his restaurant empire and left the since-discontinued ABC cooking present “The Chew” after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.

BOSTON — Mario Batali has agreed to settle two Massachusetts lawsuits that accused the celeb chef of sexual assault, attorneys for the ladies mentioned on Wednesday.

The choice to settle the instances comes greater than two months after the former Meals Community persona was cleared of a legal cost stemming from accusations by one of many girls, who prosecutors alleged aggressively kissed and groped her whereas taking a selfie at a downtown Boston bar in 2017.

“The issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of all events. We can not remark additional on account of confidentiality obligations,” attorneys for the 2 girls, Eric Baum and Matthew Fogelman, mentioned in an emailed assertion.

An e-mail looking for remark was despatched Wednesday to Batali’s lawyer.

The ladies alleged that Batali had sexually assaulted them on separate events. The accusations by one of many girls led to the one legal case in opposition to the the outstanding chef and restauranteur on the peak of the #MeToo motion.

One girl testified in Could about how she felt confused and powerless to do something to cease Batali on the time.

However Batali was acquitted of indecent assault and battery after a Boston choose agreed with Batali’s legal professionals that the accuser had credibility points and that images advised the encounter was amicable.

Batali’s legal professionals portrayed the accuser as a liar who was financially motivated due to her civil lawsuit introduced in opposition to the chef in 2018.

If convicted, Batali confronted as much as 2 1/2 years in jail and would have been required to register as a intercourse offender.

The opposite girl — who sued Batali in 2019 — equally alleged that Batali had groped and kissed her at a restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood in 2016.

Batali stepped down from day-to-day operations at his restaurant empire and left the since-discontinued ABC cooking present “The Chew” after the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.

Final yr, Batali, his enterprise accomplice and their New York Metropolis restaurant firm agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve a four-year investigation by the New York lawyer common’s workplace into allegations that Batali and different employees sexually harassed workers.

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