Chef Mario Batali sexual misconduct trial set to begin in Boston

Batali’s accuser claims she was taking photos of him at a Boston restaurant in 2017 when he invited her over to take a photo together. At which time, she alleges that he touched her without her consent and then forcibly kissed her.

The famed Italian chef was subsequently charged with indecent assault and battery.

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而前者 “Iron Chefstar pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2019, he said the alleged actionsmatch upwith his behavior at the time.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is arraigned on charges of indecent assault and battery in Boston Municipal Court, 可能 24, 2019, 在波士顿. Batali's trial will take place on April 11, 2022.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is arraigned on charges of indecent assault and battery in Boston Municipal Court, 可能 24, 2019, 在波士顿. Batali’s trial will take place on April 11, 2022. (David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via AP, 泳池, 文件)

I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, 我的家庭, my fans and my team,” 他当时说, 美联社报道. “My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility.

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His legal representation previously said the 2019 allegation iswithout merit.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, center left, departs after pleading not guilty, 星期五, 可能 24, 2019, at Boston Municipal Court in Boston. Batali's trial will take place on April 11, 2022, after being charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly forcibly kissing and groping a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, center left, departs after pleading not guilty, 星期五, 可能 24, 2019, at Boston Municipal Court in Boston. Batali’s trial will take place on April 11, 2022, after being charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly forcibly kissing and groping a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (美联社照片/乔什雷诺兹, 文件)

Immediately after the allegations surfaced in 2017, Batali stepped down from actively managing his restaurants and left his cooking shows.

Batali will appear in Boston Municipal Court Monday and could face up to 2-and-a-half years in jail if he is convicted. A guilty conviction would also require Batali to register as a sex offender.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali leaves Boston Municipal Court following an arraignment on a charge of indecent assault and battery in connection with a 2017 incident at a Back Bay restaurant on May 24, 2019, 在波士顿, 马萨诸塞州.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali leaves Boston Municipal Court following an arraignment on a charge of indecent assault and battery in connection with a 2017 incident at a Back Bay restaurant on May 24, 2019, 在波士顿, 马萨诸塞州. ( Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

去年, Batali, his business partner, and their New York restaurant company settled with the New York attorney general’s office, after a four-year investigation into alleged misconduct between restaurant management and their employees, and agreed to pay $ 600,000.

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