Yet another high-profile celebrity has been accused of sexual misconduct. This time, it's a famous chef that you probably recognize from Iron Chef or his most recent role as a co-host on ABC's The Chew. It's Mario Batali, and the details do not look good.
Starting yesterday, rumors started going around that a famous chef was going to be accused of sexual misconduct.
According to three sources, a famous chef will be the subject of a story about allegations of sexual misconduct...likely out tomorrow.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1512962135.0
Few people were surprised that sexual predators could be lurking in the food industry.
@EaterNY What happens to women in the restaurant industry is unbelievable and unspeakable. I have worked in industry since 1974.— Chef Chipmunk-5 Zappa (@Chef Chipmunk-5 Zappa)1512999208.0
Anthony Bourdain hinted at the news yesterday before finally revealing the man at the center of the allegations:
It’s Batali. And it’s bad .— Anthony Bourdain (@Anthony Bourdain)1512997966.0
Batali has been officially accused of misconduct by four women.
via: GettyThe news was first broken by Eater New York. Their report features information gathered from four of Batali's victims and dozens of interviews. One woman says she went up to Batali at a party in New Orleans that took place about 10 years ago. She was a chef in her 20s and was therefore excited to meet someone with a reputation like Batali's. She says that she realized upon talking to Batali had been drinking and that he gave her an "icky, provocative" feeling.
Three of the women bringing allegations against Batali have worked for him in some capacity.
via: GettyOne of Batali's former employees claims that over the course of two years, he repeatedly grabbed her from behind “like a linebacker, like a disgusting bear hug," and held her tightly against his body. "He would breathe on me," she says, "and sometimes take a deep inhale, like he was smelling me."
via: GettyApparently, Batali was reprimanded in October of this year when a restaurant employee reported his inappropriate behavior to the company he co-owns. This appears to have been the first formal complaint against Batali. Eater's report also included Batali's response to the allegations...
Anthony Bourdain has responded to the news about Batali:
It’s where you stand when the people you care about and admire do awful things that matters. Keeping head down and hoping it goes away? No.— Anthony Bourdain (@Anthony Bourdain)1512960250.0
Several people are wondering whether Batali may be the first domino to fall in the food industry.
I’m not surprised to see chefs starting to go down. The macho, sexist bullshit in the restaurant industry is on ano… https://t.co/1MYNFmAh3K— Louisa 🌈👭 (@Louisa 🌈👭)1513000841.0