Mario Batali's Partners Axe Him from Restaurant Biz Amid New Allegations
Mario BataliCut from Restaurant Group... Biz Partners Fed Up
5/21/2018 10:44 AM PT
Mario Batali's being kicked to the curb by his business partners on the heels of new claims of sexual misconduct, including allegedly raping a customer.
B&B Hospitality Group released a statement calling the new allegations "chilling and deeply disturbing." TMZ broke the story ... NYPD's investigating Batali for allegedly raping a woman at his NYC restaurant, Babbo, back in January 2004.
His partners say they were also shocked by the "60 Minutes" report -- an employee at Batali's Spotted Pig restaurant claims Batali drugged her and sexually assaulted her in 2005.
B&B Hospitality says it's actively negotiating with Batali to buy him out, and expect to have a deal done by July 1. The group says it wants to "reinforce our core values for our employees and our guests."
Batali issued a bizarre apology after allegations first surfaced in December. He's denied the "60 Minutes" report.