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Celebrity chef Mario Batali is expected to be arraigned on charge

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By Phil Helsel

Celebrity boss Mario Batali is expected to be arraigned on an indecent overload and battery charge in Boston on Friday, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Batali, 58, is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday in the Boston Municipal Court, Suffolk County District Attorney Deputy Press Secretary Renee Nadeau Algarin said in a statement to NBC Boston.

Algarin said the alleged event occurred at a restaurant in Back Bay on March 31, 2017, but did not disclose claims.

The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that in a criminal case on April 4, a woman told the police that she saw Batali at Towne Stove and Spirits on Boylston Street and that she was trying to take a selfie over her shoulder with celebrity chef in the background.

Batali allegedly noticed and tol d woman coming over, The Globe reported. The woman probably claimed to apologize and Batali said it was okay and offered to take a soul with her, according to the Globe.

The woman said allegedly that Batali grabbed her breast and kissed her and moved her without consent, The Globe reported. After she pulled away, Batali kept on "pulling her face" and then asked if she wanted to go to her hotel room and she declined according to the newspaper.

Online court records show that there is a criminal case with Batali and assault and battery that had a listed date on April 4, but the criminal complaint did not appear to be posted online.

A Massachusetts woman left a trial in August describing similar claims in the same restaurant, NBC Boston reported. It was not immediately clear whether the allegations in the reported criminal complaint and civil case involved the same person and event.

A lawyer who spoke on behalf of Batali said in a statement to NBC Boston that Batali denies allegations.

"Mr Batali denies the allegations in both this criminal complaint and the civil complaint that was filed in August in August," said lawyer Anthony Fuller in the statement to the station Wednesday evening. "The accusations brought by the same person without a new ground are without merit. He intends to strongly fight claims and we expect the result to follow Mr Batali."

Batali was fired from ABC's "The Chew" in December 2017 and left absence from the daily operations of his company after the foodie website Eater.com reported claims of sexual maladministration.

Batali apologized after these allegations were reported in December and said: "Much of the described behavior actually matches how I acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses."

In March, Batali bought his restaurant group, Tanya Bastianich Manuali and Joe Bastianich from Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. The chef said in a statement on time when he reached an agreement with Bastianich and no longer had any games in the group and wished Bastianich good.

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