Celebrity chef Mario Batali is the latest person to be accused of some sort of work-place sexual inappropriateness. “The Chew” co-host is accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching women who were in his employ. The report states that Batali is a “habitual” sexual harasser.
USA Today (@USATODAY) reports, Batali is stepping down from his company and tv show for an indefinite period. Without addressing the specific allegations, Batali acknowledged personal “failures” and pledged to try to “regain” the “respect and trust” of his fans, family, business partners, and employees. Bataili’s statement read:
“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. 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 the ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation, or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees,customers, friends and family.”