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Celebrity chef Mario Batali is stepping away from his restaurant business and ABC television show amid allegations of sexual misconduct
Renowned chef Mario Batali is stepping down from his company and TV show for an indefinite period after being accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching women.
Multiple anonymous women alleged in a story by online food-trade publication Eater New York that Batali had groped their breasts or buttocks, amid other allegations.
“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted,” Batali said in a statement. “That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”