A fourth woman who worked for Batali for a year alleges he grabbed her breasts at an industry party a few years after she stopped working for him.
In a statement, Batali did not deny any of the allegations, noting that the behavior the women described “does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.” “That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses,” Batali said.
I have work to do to try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed.
“Perhaps as Guy matures in his career he will come to realize that even Hemingway had an editor.The accusations include groping and inappropriate touching.At least three of the women have worked for Batali in some capacity.The case settled and a settlement was shared between 1,100 workers throughout his restaurants.In 2011, The New York Times reported that Iron Chef and “Chopped” star Geoffrey Zakarian found himself in hot water after 100 employees from his restaurant The Country filed a class-action suit for unpaid overtime, late payment, and unauthorized payroll deductions and falsifying pay records.We built these restaurants so that our guests could have fun and indulge, but I took that too far in my own behavior. I want any place I am associated with to feel comfortable and safe for the people who work or dine there. The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team. To the people who have been at my side during this time - my family, my partners, my employees, my friends, my fans - I am grateful for your support and hopeful that I can regain your respect and trust.More than a decade after his last original episode, Mario Batali has stepped back into the Food Network kitchen for fresh installments of “Molto Mario,” the show that helped make him a culinary star.In a report published Monday by Eater, a female chef who spoke on condition on anonymity accused Batali of grabbing her breasts after he offered her a job.Two other women, former Batali employees, claimed he grabbed and groped them in the kitchen.The Food Network employs the many of the top trendy, charismatic chefs, but those cooking experts don’t always behave themselves. Here are some of the moments that made headlines: In 2013, Paula Deen and her brother were sued by a former employee who claimed she was the victim of harassment.In a deposition, Deen admitted using the N-word and making jokes that could be perceived as racist.