Mario Batali steps down over claims of sexual misconduct

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Batali has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women

In an online newsletter Friday afternoon, celebrity chef Mario Batali - facing allegations that he touched women inappropriately - acknowledged "many mistakes" and apologized for disappointing "my friends, my family, my fans and my team". "While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behaviour involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behaviour violates our standards of conduct".

Mario has been accused by eight women, with claims ranging from unwanted sexual advances to groping.

News of Batali's inappropriate behaviour broke when Eater published allegations from four women accusing the chef of sexual misconduct over at least the past two decades.

At the time of that statement, Batali said that he was going to "step away from day-to-day operations of my business".




April Bloomfield, a Birmingham born chef who honed her craft at River Café and Kensington Place before moving to the United States, opened the Greenwich Village celebrity hotspot with business partner Ken Friedman in 2004. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses.

The chef has stepped away from his restaurant empire, which includes eateries in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas. On Monday, he issued a statement saying that he is "deeply sorry" for any pain or humiliation he has caused. Batali's termination will leave the ABC Daytime show with only three of its original co-hosts: Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon. "I take full responsibility", the message reads. Without the support of all of you - my fans - I would never have a forum in which to expound on this.

In an apparent reference to actor Kevin Spacey's response to sexual misconduct with underage boys, Twitter user @BSUBOMB wrote, "Only thing worse than 'I sexually assaulted people, but hey!" "The failures are mine alone".

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