The New York state lawyer normal’s workplace confirmed at the moment that it’s “looking into” claims in opposition to Mario Batali’s former enterprise companion Joe Bastianich — the primary time Bastianich has been named as part of the method within the inquiry into Batali’s alleged sexual misconduct.
At a press convention at the moment, lawyer normal Letitia James said her workplace has acquired “credible information” about Batali’s “alleged actions,” and that they’re trying into Batali, Bastianich, their former firm referred to as B&B Hospitality Group, and their eating places. Bastianich and his renamed hospitality group nonetheless personal Babbo, Lupa, and Del Posto — particularly the place claims have been filed — and others, although Batali has divested.
Eater has reached out to Bastianich for remark.
Explosive allegations of sexual misconduct first got here out in opposition to Batali in 2017, and although Bastianich largely averted accusations of misconduct, many staff stated in an Eater investigation that the restaurateur performed a significant position within the “boys’ club” tradition that discouraged sexual harassment complaints. He additionally admitted in 2017 that he had “heard [Batali] say inappropriate things” to staff, and that he “should have done more” to criticize Batali.
The accusations in opposition to Batali embrace groping and compelled kissing, stemming from interviews with practically three dozen present and former Batali staff. Since then, Batali has divested from all of his eating places, misplaced tv reveals, and been charged with assault and battery in Boston, to which he has pleaded not responsible.
Bastianich, nonetheless, has saved management of his empire and has largely averted any public penalties from the scenario, although at the very least considered one of his eating places reportedly took a 30 p.c hit in income after the accusations got here to mild.
James’s feedback got here throughout a convention a few settlement her workplace brokered between the Spotted Pig restaurateur Ken Friedman and his alleged victims of sexual misconduct. In that settlement, Friedman will step away from the Spotted Pig and pay at the very least $240,000 to the ladies concerned.