Report: Chef Mario Batali groped, forcefully kissed three women in New Orleans

Report: Chef Mario Batali groped, forcefully kissed three women in New Orleans
Chef Mario Batali. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New allegations claim Chef Mario Batali groped and forcefully kissed three women in New Orleans.

The report from Eater outlines the claims of fans and colleagues of the chef.

The alleged misconduct happened at different food industry events, according to the report.

One woman said in the report that in January 2016, Batali made sexual comments to her and touched her inappropriately at "The Saint Bar and Lounge."

The New Orleans Police Department told our partners NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune that they did not respond to a sexual assault report at The Saint after that date.

Officials did not say whether Batali is, or was, under investigation for any incident in town.

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