Chef’s trial will start from today
Celebrity chef Mario Batali will hear the trial on Monday following allegations of sexual misconduct. The trial was supposed to happen much earlier, but was delayed due to the pandemic. It will be in Boston. Let’s read more on this matter
Allegations against Mario Batali
Batali was charged with assault and battery in 2019, and pleaded not guilty to it. It comes from a 2017 case where he forcibly kissed and held her after taking a selfie with a woman in a Boston restaurant. The woman alleged that he saw her being photographed, and invited her to be taken together. However, he touched and kissed her several times after that without her consent.
If proven guilty, Batali will be a registered sex offender and face up to 2 1/2 years in prison. Once the selection of the jury is complete, the case will go on for about two days. Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden’s office says Batali is expected to be present the entire time. Batali’s lawyers declined to comment on Monday, saying only that the allegation was baseless.
Additionally, the accused filed a civil suit against him seeking damages for “serious emotional distress”. It is still pending, and her attorney did not respond to any emails from the news outlet.
The 61-year-old’s career took a major downturn after the allegations surfaced. Mario used to be a part of shows like “Molto Mario” and “Iron Chef America”. Apart from the present case, four other women had accused him of inappropriately touching her in 2017.
Now Mario himself has apologized for his behavior, saying the allegations “match” how he acted in an email, saying he made many mistakes and wanting to apologize to everyone he disappointed. has done. He also said that he will take full responsibility.
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