Chef Mario Batali probed for sexual assault of restaurant employee

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Now 60 Minutes has more details, plus confirmation from the NYPD that they are investigating sexual assault allegations involving Batali.

Batali announced he would take leave from his restaurant group after acknowledging his behavior, however it was previously unknown Batali was under criminal investigation, according to CBS.

"He crossed a line".

Erin Fein, a former bartender at The Spotted Pig, said Batali did not just verbally abuse her but physically sexually assaulted her, and spoke about her experience publicly for the first time.

In December 2017, four women accused Mario Batali, 57, of inappropriate sexual behavior in an Eater exposé. "The first thing I think is I've been drugged". Seet, Natalie Saibel, and other female employees came forward after they realized they all had awful stories of sexual misconduct, after the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations catalyzed the Me Too movement.

She alleged that she later woke up, suspecting she had been drugged, and found what appeared to be semen on her skirt.

He declined to be interviewed by "60 Minutes" but said in a statement that "My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions".

"We called him the Red Menace", she added.

A Texas woman claims that she was sexually assaulted by Batali in January 2004, law enforcement sources told the news outlet. They tried, they tried. It's said the woman filed a police report in March of this year.

The woman, who asked 60 Minutes to hide her identity due to concern about future employment prospects, claimed she had been working at Batali's restaurant Babbo when he invited her to join him for a party at The Spotted Pig. But I ― you know, a young actress, no resources, no money ― I couldn't. "My only focus is finding a personal path forward where I can continue in my charitable endeavors - helping the underprivileged and those in need". At the time, Batali issued an apology-of-sorts which included a recipe for cinnamon rolls attached. The chef denied the allegation, and B&B Hospitality Group released a statement, via crisis management firm Trident DMG, that called the accusations "chilling and deeply disturbing" while reiterating that the company is severing ties with Batali.

Mario Batali's wife, Susi Cahn, refused to comment on the increasing allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband.

"Mr. Batali, who has never been known for his patience, is asking that question-actively exploring when or whether he should begin his comeback", the story reads.

The alleged victim reportedly told police she was drinking at the bar at Babbo, Batali's West Village restaurant, and that around 2 a.m. she went upstairs to use the restroom.

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