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Mario Batali faces criminal charges for alleged Boston assault


Added 05-23-19 12:13:02am EST - “Mario Batali has been charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly kissing and groping a woman as they took a selfie together in a Boston restaurant.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Mario Batali faces criminal charges for alleged Boston assault”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Mario Batali, the celebrity chef who cut ties with all of his restaurants earlier this year following sexual assault allegations, now faces charges for a 2017 incident in Boston.

Batali, 58, was charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly kissing and groping a woman as they took a selfie together in a Boston restaurant, the Boston Globe reported.

According to a criminal complaint, the unnamed woman was eating dinner at Towne Stove and Spirits on March 31, 2017 when she recognized Batali and took a photo of him over her shoulder. He noticed and called her over to take a selfie.

As she stood next to Batali’s barstool, he allegedly put his arm around the woman and grabbed her chest. He then started kissing her face and touched her groin without consent, the complaint says.

The woman stopped taking photos and pulled away, but Batali continued “pulling on her face” and asked if she’d join him at his hotel room nearby. She said Batali seemed intoxicated “by the smell and half closed eyes,” according to the criminal complaint.

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