All the Horrifying Details of Mario Batali’s Alleged Sexual Assaults
Celebrity chef Mario Batali is being investigated by the New York Police Department for sexual assault, according to the CBS program, 60 Minutes. This comes “after former staffers at a restaurant Batali invested in alleged that he assaulted unconscious women at a New York City restaurant,” according to Time. Below are the horrifying details of Batali’s alleged sexual assaults.
Four women accused Mario Batali of “inappropriate touching over a period of 20 years,” according to Eater New York. The inappropriate touching allegedly involved being grabbed from behind and being held tightly against Batali’s body and being groped (page 4). Since then, other women have come forward alleging Batali drugged and raped them (page 7).
Next: Batali’s no longer on TV.
Batali got fired
After the allegations were made, ABC fired Batali from its daytime cooking show, The Chew, according to Time. He stepped back from day-to-day operations at his restaurants — he owns 26 — but remains the owner.
Next: His nickname is horrifying.
Batali’s nickname, ‘Red Menace’
Batali was given the code name the “Red Menace” because he frequently groped and harassed the waitresses, according to 60 Minutes. “It was a warning,” former waitress Trish Nelson told host Anderson Cooper.
Next: Staff allegedly saw Batali grope woman.
Restaurant staff saw Batali allegedly grope woman
Batali frequently visited The Spotted Pig, a restaurant in New York City, according to 60 Minutes. The third floor, known for being a private party space for celebrities, is where Batali allegedly put his hand up an unconscious woman’s skirt, Jamie Seet, the former manager at The Spotted Pig, told Cooper.
Next: What happened next
Restaurant staff stopped him
While counting receipts in a third-floor office, Seet and other staff allegedly saw Batali assault a woman on a security monitor in the office. “We all went out there, and we — we stopped what was going on,” Seet told Cooper. She said she still regrets not calling the police.
Next: Batali allegedly groped an employee on a regular basis.
Batali allegedly groped woman over the course of 2 years
A former employee of Batali’s “alleges that over the course of two years, he repeatedly grabbed her from behind and held her tightly against his body,” according to Eater New York. Other former employees of Batali’s have similar stories of inappropriate touching.
Next: Batali allegedly drugged and assaulted women.
Batali allegedly drugged and assaulted 2 women
A woman who declined to identify herself on 60 Minutes alleged that in 2005, Batali drugged and sexually assaulted her. “She remembers joining him for a glass of wine at a Manhattan restaurant, then waking up on the floor feeling drugged and assaulted,” according to USA Today. The woman spoke to the police but didn’t file a report. Batali has since released a statement denying the allegations. The woman’s alleged situation is very similar to another woman who came forward alleging Batali drugged and sexually assaulted her.