Hearing Held in Chef Mario Batali's Indecent Assault Case - NECN

Hearing Held in Chef Mario Batali's Indecent Assault Case

Batali's lawyer has said the charge is "without merit"

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    Hearing in Case Against Celebrity Chef Scheduled

    A hearing in the case against Mario Batali is scheduled for Friday. (Published Friday, Aug. 30, 2019)

    A hearing has been held in the indecent assault and battery case against celebrity chef Mario Batali.

    A spokeswoman for Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said Batali didn't attend Friday's hearing at Boston Municipal Court and wasn't required to.

    She also said no trial date was set. The case returns to court Sept. 4.

    Batali pleaded not guilty in May to forcibly kissing and groping a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.

    Mario Batali Appears in Boston Court to Face Sex Assault Charge

    [NECN] Mario Batali Appears in Boston Court to Face Sex Assault Charge

    Celebrity chef Mario Batali appeared in a Boston court Friday to face a charge of sexual assault stemming from 2017.

    (Published Friday, May 24, 2019)

    His career crumbled in the wake of that and other accusations of sexual misconduct.

    The accuser says Batali groped and kissed her repeatedly without her consent after he took a selfie with her. Batali's lawyer has said the charge is "without merit."

    Earlier this month Eataly USA bought out Batali's minority interest in the Italian marketplace company.

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