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UPDATE: Chef Mario Batali stepping away from restaurant empire

Posted at 8:37 AM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 12:14:10-05

Celebrity chef Mario Batali steps away from his restaurant empire after accusations of sexual assault.

Reports say that four women have come forward and spoken against what they say was sexually inappropriate behavior by Batali.

Three of the women worked for Batali in some capacity during their careers. One former employee alleges that over the course of two years, he repeatedly grabbed her from behind and held her tightly against his body. Another former employee alleges that he groped her and that, in a separate incident, he compelled her to straddle him; another alleges that he grabbed her breasts at a party, though she no longer worked for him at the time.

These allegations have forced Batali to step away from his restaurants and television shows.