Walmart is cutting ties with celebrity chef Mario Batali in the wake of sexual misconduct and groping allegations

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Walmart is cutting ties with Mario Batali after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by the celebrity chef.

“The recent sexual misconduct allegations against Mario Batali are unacceptable,” the company said in a statement to Business Insider on Thursday. “We’re ending our relationship with Batali and will discontinue our business with his brand.”

Target announced Wednesday it would pull Batali’s pasta sauces and cookbooks from stores and online, Eater reported. Eataly, the 50,000-square-foot mecca of Italian food Batali helped bring to the US, pulled the chef’s products from shelves on Tuesday.

On Monday, Eater reported that four women had shared stories of Batali touching them inappropriately, with reports of improper behaviour spanning two decades.

As of Thursday morning, Walmart was still selling Mario Batali products online, with offerings like sauces, pastas, and Batali’s cookbooks. The landing page for the line, however, had been taken down.

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