Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Acquitted Of #MeToo Era Sexual Misconduct Charges

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Acquitted Of #MeToo Era Sexual Misconduct Charges


Celebrity chef Mario Batali was acquitted of sexual assault charges this week, according to Reuters

The 61-year-old restaurateur faced up to two and a half years in prison and could have been forced to register as a sex offender if he had been convicted. Batali was on trial for allegedly groping a woman in a Boston bar in 2017.

Judge James Stanton of the Boston Municipal Court found Batali not guilty of charges of indecent assault and battery, which were filed in 2019.

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The publication noted that Natali Tene, 32, claimed Batali had “groped her breasts, buttocks and crotch area and forcibly kissed her while drunkenly posing for selfies with her at a bar near Boston’s Eataly, the Italian market and restaurant he at the time part owned,”

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