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Chef Mario Batali Pleads Not Guilty In Boston Assault And Battery Case

Batali stepped away from his restaurants and TV appearances after accusations of sexual harassment. He's now facing a charge he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at one of his restaurants in 2017.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali leaves Boston Municipal Court on Friday following a court appearance on a charge of indecent assault and battery in connection with a 2017 incident at a restaurant of his in Boston. Source: Scott Eisen

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, who stepped away from his restaurants and television appearances after facing accusations of sexual harassment, pleaded not guilty on Friday in a courtroom in Boston, where he is standing trial over allegedly kissing and groping a woman against her will in 2017.

Batali, sporting his signature ponytail and wearing the restaurateur to keep away from the accuser in the case, unless he has to be in a room with her for questioning connected to a separate civil lawsuit she has filed.

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