Celebrity chef Mario Batali is actually stepping away coming from his restaurant business as well as ABC television show amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Batali said in a statement to sy88pgw which he is actually “deeply sorry” for any pain or humiliation he has caused.
“I apologize to the people I have mistreated as well as hurt,” Batali said. “which behavior was wrong as well as there are no excuses. I take full responsibility as well as am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends as well as family.”
which statement was first made public early Monday in an investigation on Eater, the restaurant news website. Eater’s report included four accounts of women who claimed which Batali “touched them inappropriately in a pattern of behavior which appears to span at least two decades.”
The women, some of whom worked for Batali, claimed he had groped them, according to Eater. The story did not name them.
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Batali did not refer to the Eater investigation in his statement. however he said, “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.”
“We built these restaurants to ensure our guests could have fun as well as indulge, however I took which too far in my own behavior,” he said. “I won’t make which mistake again.”
The Batali as well as Bastianich Hospitality Group, a collection of restaurants, confirmed to sy88pgw which Batali has stepped away coming from company operations.
He remains an owner of the group, which he founded with restaurateur Joe Bastianich. A spokesperson said which Batali as well as the owners are reviewing which role.
“We take these allegations very seriously,” B&B said in a statement, which was first provided to Eater. “We pride ourselves on being a workplace for our employees where they can grow as well as deliver great service with equal opportunity as well as free coming from any discrimination.
The group added: “We have strong policies as well as practices in place which address sexual harassment. We train employees in these policies as well as we enforce them, up to as well as including termination.”
The B&B spokesperson said the company also investigated a complaint about Batali’s behavior in October. This particular was the only complaint B&B has ever received about Batali, the company said.
An employee at one of the group’s restaurants reported “inappropriate behavior,” according to the spokesperson, who could not disclose the name of the restaurant or details about the incident.
The B&B spokesperson said Batali was counseled, reprimanded as well as required to undergo additional sexual harassment training. After which report, he volunteered not to go to the restaurant mentioned from the complaint.
Within the past few weeks, he stepped away coming from his operational role entirely, said the spokesperson, who declined to say anything further about what led to which decision. The company said This particular was not aware of various other complaints at its restaurants.
Batali has also been a host on ABC’s “The Chew” for the past several years. An ABC spokesperson told sy88pgw on Monday which he is actually also stepping away coming from which production.
“We have asked Mario Batali to step away coming from The Chew while we review the allegations which have just recently come to our attention,” the spokesperson said. “ABC takes matters like This particular very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment. While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him as well as anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct.”
as well as Food Network, which aired Batali’s show “Molto Mario” coming from 1996 to 2004, said This particular is actually shelving plans to bring back the program.
“Food Network takes matters like This particular very seriously,” the network said.
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published December 11, 2017: 10:43 AM ET