Celebrity chef Mario Batali is yet another in a growing line of powerful, pro-abortion men who have been accused of abusing women.
The New York Police Department confirmed this week that Batali is under investigation after multiple women accused him of sexual assault or harassment, the AP reports.
The Italian chef owned more than two dozen restaurants and frequently appeared on TV, including on his own show “The Chew.” He stepped down from those roles last year when the allegations surfaced, according to the report.
Batali, like disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, former U.S. Sen. Al Franken and former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who also have been accused of sexual abuse, was a supporter of the abortion industry. In 2013, he pledged to donate $5,000 to Texas pro-abortion groups that help pay women’s abortion expenses.
Just a few weeks before the accusations surfaced in 2017, Batali sat on a panel about sexual misconduct that also featured former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, according to the Daily Mail.
Batali faces accusations of sexual harassment and assault by at least nine women, according to a recent 60 Minutes interview.
One waitress said Batali grabbed her breast and a former manager said she saw him grope an unconscious woman in a private room at the Spotted Pig restaurant in Manhattan. Former restaurant staffers told 60 Minutes that they nicknamed Batali “the Red Menace.”
New York Eater reports more:
Anderson Cooper speaks with women who worked at the Spotted Pig, where Batali was an investor and allegedly groped staffers as a diner there.
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The CBS newsmagazine show also spoke with an anonymous former Babbo employee who alleges Batali assaulted her in 2005 — claiming that she woke up after a party at the Spotted Pig with a “very deeply wounded” leg and something that looked like semen on her skirt. She later called a crisis hotline and went to a hospital to be examined, but ultimately, she chose not to file a police report. Batali denied the incident.
Police are also investigating another case after the victim reported the crime in March, according to the Daily News. She told NYPD that she had been drinking at Babbo in January 2004 and then blacked out; when she awakened, Batali was having sex with her, the complain said. She believes she was drugged. That investigation is also ongoing.
Batali stepped away from his Italian restaurant empire in late 2017 after allegations that he inappropriately touched women over the course of his decades-long career. At the time, he admitted that “much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.”
While none of the accusations against Batali involve abortion, sexual abuse and abortion frequently are connected. Legalized abortion provides a convenient way for sexual abusers to cover up their crimes, and abortion clinics have been caught agreeing to help cover up sexual abuse.