Eataly severs ties with chef Mario Batali after his sexual misconduct allegation 

Mail Online | 8/31/2010 | Associated Press; Reporters
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Chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid sexual misconduct allegations, no longer owns a stake in Eataly, the Italian marketplaces he once heavily promoted.

Chris Giglio, a spokesman for Eataly USA, told The Associated Press on Friday the company has purchased Batali's minority interest, formally ending the relationship.

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Batali, 58, has had no direct involvement with Eataly since December 2017, Giglio said.

Batali had already given up financial stakes in all his restaurants, severing a 20-year partnership with Joe Bastianich.

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Batali, known for his orange Crocs and ponytail, pleaded not guilty in May to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.

It's the first criminal charge levied against Batali following sexual harassment and assault allegations that first surfaced in April 2017 amid the #MeToo movement.

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The woman alleged that Batali saw her taking a photo of him at the now-defunct Towne Stove and Spirits restaurant in Boston...
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