New Details Revealed About Mario Batali From Four Women Accusing Him Of Sexual Misconduct

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The incidents and accusations occurred over the past two decades.

One of the world's biggest celebrity chefs has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. 

Mario Batali, a restaurateur and major TV personality, was asked to step down from "The Chew," a daytime show he co-hosts on ABC after four women accused him of groping them without their consent. The incidents allegedly took place over the past two decades. 

Three of the women worked for Batali and the other woman is a chef herself. 

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The first woman, who remains anonymous, worked as a waitress at one of Batali's restaurants in the 1990s. She said he repeatedly sexually and physically harassed her. 

According to her, Batali allegedly grabbed her "like a linebacker, like a disgusting bear hug." He also would often press his body against her while she was working. 

The second woman claimed that Batali inappropriately touched her twice in the 1990s while she worked for him. During one incident he allegedly grabbed her but without her consent. 

Another time, she and Batali were sitting together in a small space inside a restaurant. He was sitting in front of the exit, and she was forced to straddle him to leave and go to the bathroom. 

The third woman said that while working for him in the late 2000s, Batali groped her breasts during a party. 

“In that moment I realized, ‘I’m just a body [to him],’” the woman told Eater. 

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The fourth woman said that while at an industry party in 2007, Batali groped her breasts after she accidentally spilled wine on her blouse. He allegedly said, "let me help you with that." 

“He gets wasted, he’s arrogant, and he acts like he’s God’s gift to women,” the fourth woman said of Batali. “This is still your industry, you’re a leader in this industry — if you behave this way, what kind of example are you setting?”

In addition to leaving "The Chew," Batali is also taking a leave of absence from his position at Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, a company that supports over 20 restaurants.

After the allegations came out, he released the following statement: 

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” he said. “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.”

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