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Mario Batali apologizes for sexual misconduct, steps away from his restaurant empire

Mario Batali apologizes for sexual misconduct, steps away from his restaurant empire

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from the day-to-day operations of his culinary empire and from the ABC show “The Chew” on Monday, as allegations emerged that he committed sexual misconduct spanning at least two decades.

In the investigation by food website Eater, four women — three of whom have worked for Batali — said he touched them inappropriately.

Batali did not deny the allegations, saying in a statement that “although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described...

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