Big News — December 2017

Chef Mario Batali accused of sexual harassment, steps away from his business for now

Published: Dec 11, 2017 9:01 a.m. ET



Renowned chef Mario Batali has stepped away from the day-to-day operations of his business after four women came forward alleging that he sexually harassed them in a pattern of behavior spanning at least two decades, food website Eater reported Monday. Batali said he was taking time away in a statement to the website. ABC, where Batali has co-hosted a daytime show since 2011, said it has also asked him to step away from the show while it conducts a review of allegations that recently came to its attention, said Eater. Batali did not deny the allegations, but said that they "match up" with ways that he behaved. "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family," he said.


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