Mario Batali on Tuesday was cleared of charges that he groped a woman at a Boston bar — an important victory for the celebrity chef who fell from grace after multiple allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced.
Boston Municipal Court Judge James Stanton found the chef — who had waived his right to a trial by jury — not guilty of indecent battery and assault after a criminal trial that lasted less than two days.
Batali’s lawyer Anthony Fuller effectively convinced the judge of his client’s innocence after going to lengths to discredit his accuser, Natali Tene.
Tene, 32 testified on Monday that Batali, 61, non-consensually kissed her, rubbed her breasts, grabbed her behind and put his hands between her legs while taking selfies at since-shuttered eatery Towne Stove and Spirits in 2017.
The restaurateur was “grabbing me in a way that I was never touched before,” she told
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