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Chef Mario Batali found not guilty in the sexual assault trial

“When the person who committed such an heinous act is in a position of power or fame, the decision to report an assault can become even more challenging and intimidating,” Hayden said in a statement.

He continued: “I am grateful that the victim in this case made the decision to step forward, and for all survivors of sexual assault who make the difficult decision.”

In 2018, Natali Tene, then 28, filed a civil lawsuit in Massachusetts, which was obtained by E! News back then.

According to the documents, Tene claimed she saw Batali at Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston. There she took a picture of him on her phone. Tene claimed that Batali noticed that she was taking a picture and offered to take a selfie with her. According to her application, Tene then claimed that Batali “grabbed and kissed Mrs. Tene’s face, rubbed her breasts, grabbed her buttocks, put his hands between her legs and groped around her groin area and kept pressing her face into his, while he kissed her. repeatedly. “

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