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Ex-The Chew Host Mario Batali to Face Assault Charge

Mario Batali

Mario Batali

It looks like celebrity chef and former The Chew host Mario Batali will face charges for indecent assault and battery. According to NBC News, the the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office will arraign Batali in Boston Municipal Court.

Reportedly, a criminal complaint was filed by Natali Tene, a woman who alleges that in 2017–during a series of selfies with Batali–the chef groped her and kissed her without her consent. 

According to NBC News, Batali's lawyer denies the allegations,

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"Mr. Batali denies the allegations in both this criminal complaint and the civil complaint filed last August,” attorney Anthony Fuller said in the statement to the station Wednesday night. "The charges, brought by the same individual without any new basis, are without merit. He intends to fight the allegations vigorously, and we expect the outcome to fully vindicate Mr. Batali."