Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual harassment by four women

Four women have alleged that celebrity chef Mario Batali touched them inappropriately over the last two decades, Eater New York reported Monday.

Multiple women, who remained anonymous, accused Batali of groping them or otherwise making them uncomfortable at work.


Batali did not deny the accusations in a statement to Eater, telling the publication that they “match up” with his past behavior. He has stepped down from his company and television show indefinitely.

“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. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses," Batali said in the statement.

Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group serves about two dozen restaurants. Batali is also a co-host of the ABC daytime show “The Chew.”

The accusations against Batali follow a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful figures in the media and Hollywood, including Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Louis CK.