Chef Mario Batali has been charged with indecent assault and battery after a woman accused him of groping her at a Boston restaurant

Invision/Brent N. Clarke via Associated PressChef Mario Batali attends the Food Bank for New York City Can-Do Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in New York.
  • Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been criminally charged in an alleged groping incident from 2017, The Boston Globe reportedThursday.
  • A woman accused Batali of groping and kissing her against her will in a Boston restaurant in 2017.
  • Batali is one of a number of celebrities and entertainers whose careers have been shaken by multiple sexual misconduct allegations revealed amid the #MeToo movement.
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The celebrity chef Mario Batali has been charged with one count of indecent assault and battery stemming from allegations that he forcefully groped and kissed a woman in a Boston restaurant in 2017, The Boston Globe reportedThursday.

The criminal complaint was reportedly filed in a Boston city court on April 4 and details a woman’s allegations that Batali groped and kissed her against her will.

The woman told police the encounter began when she spotted Batali in a restaurant and snapped a picture of him over her shoulder, The Globe reported.

When Batali noticed her and told her to “come here right now,” she approached him, apologised, and offered to delete the photo, court records say, according to The Globe.

But instead, Batali reportedly suggested they take a selfie. As they posed for the picture, the woman said, Batali put his arm around the woman, groped her chest, kissed her face, and touched her groin.

She accused Batali of “pulling on her face” and asking if she wanted to come back to his hotel room. She added that she believed Batali was drunk, due to “the smell and half closed eyes,” the complaint said, according to The Globe.

Read more: ‘There are no excuses’: Celebrity chef Mario Batali addresses sexual misconduct allegations by multiple women

Batali was fired from ‘The Chew’ and his restaurant group severed ties after multiple allegations surfaced

Batali is one of a number of celebrities and entertainers whose careers have been shaken by sexual misconduct allegations stemming from the #MeToo movement.

In December 2017, Eater published accounts by four women who previously worked for or with Batali, who accused him of inappropriate touching and behaviour.

As a result, Batali’s restaurant group ended its ties with him and he was fired from the ABC daytime talk show, “The Chew.”

Batali previously apologised for his behaviour, writing in a newsletter that he took “full responsibility” for his actions. The apology was roundly criticised at the time, because it included a recipe for pizza dough cinnamon rolls.

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