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Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

American chef Mario Batali holds a tray of pasta during a preview in advance of the State Dinner in honor of the Official Visit of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini in the State Dining Room of the White House in 2016. American chef Mario Batali holds a tray of pasta during a preview in advance of the State Dinner in honor of the Official Visit of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini in the State Dining Room of the White House in 2016. | Photo: AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster.

December 11, 2017 10:59 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Mario Batali is stepping down from daily operations at his restaurant empire following reports of sexual misconduct by the celebrity chef over a period of at least 20 years.
    
The online site Eater New York reported Monday that the incidents involve at least four women, three who worked for Batali. In a prepared statement sent to The Associated Press, Batali said the complaints match up with his past behavior.
    
A spokesperson for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group says an employee reported inappropriate behavior by Batali in October. The company told Eater it was the first formal complaint against Batali and that he was reprimanded and required to attend training.
    
ABC said Monday that it has asked Batali to step away from the show, "The Chew" while the allegations are investigated.

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