Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Assault

Back in December of 2017, Mario Batali stepped down from his lucrative restaurant and media empire amid shocking allegations of sexual misconduct.

The accusations against Batali were appalling, to be sure, but it wasn’t long before they were overshadowed by the many other scandals of the #MeToo era.

There was a time when it was widely believed that with enough time and the right PR strategy, Batali might eventually be able to find a path to redemption and return to the industry that made him famous.

But now, a report from Anderson Cooper that aired during Sunday night’s episode of 60 Minutes seems to have exposed the very worst of Batali’s misconduct and laid waste to his hopes for a comeback.

In the segment, Cooper spoke with multiple women who claim to have been victimized by Batali.

One former employee stated that Batali groped her breasts and alleged that she saw him sexually assault another woman, who was only semi-conscious and appeared to have been drugged.

She added that she and several other employees put a stop to the attack.

Today, a spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed that police are “investigating allegations raised in the 60 Minutes report.”

One of the women who accused Batali on 60 Minutes told CNN today that she spoke with police back in February, thus indicating that the investigation has been going on for several months.

As with Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein before him, Batali’s behavior was something of an open secret in his industry.

After the public learned of the allegations that the 57-year-old had harassed and assaulted numerous female employees, several denizens of the New York restaurant world stated that they were sadly not surprised.

Over the course of his decades as a chef and media personality, Batali had developed a reputation for crude comments and predatory behavior.

“You will eat your pasta or I will rub the shrimp across your breasts,” he told a friend’s wife during a now-infamous meal that was later documented in print.

“It’s not fair I have this view all to myself when you bend over. For dessert, would you take off your blouse for the others?” he remarked to a waitress during the same dinner.

But even those who long been aware of Batali’s penchant for boorish behavior are shocked today by the revelation that he may have drugged and assaulted several women that he employed.

Batali declined to be interviewed by 60 Minutes, but he issued a statement reading in part:

“My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions.”

We will have further updates on this situation as more information becomes available.


Mario Singer & Kasey Dexter: Cops Called After Cheating Allegations, Fight

We all know that Romana Singer is New York’s biggest pot-stirer. She’s not afraid of a little trouble or confrontation.

But her ex, Mario Singer, is currently having a whole host of problems in his personal life, and Ramona isn’t to blame.

Mario left Ramona for his mistress, Kasey Dexter, and it is not working out. In fact, it’s apparently so bad that the police were called.

According to a police report obtained by RadarOnline, police were called when Mario Singer and Kasey Dexter got into an explosive argument.

“Singer advised that he got into a verbal altercation with his live-in girlfriend,” the responding officer wrote.

See, the context is that Mario issued an eviction notice to Kasey upon discovering that she had allegedly cheated (via spy camera!).

“Mario stated since the [eviction] notice, [Kasey] has been acting erratic and belligerent.”

Technically, eviction isn’t always something that happens between traditional landlords and tenants, but it sounds like this was more of a squabble.

“Mario further stated he was worried that the altercation could become physical.”

The officer spoke to Kasey, who was apparently very worked up over the situation.

“Several times during my interaction with [Kasey] I had to tell her to calm down and let me speak.”

It’s not always easy to transition from a heated argument to a calm report.

“[Kasey] remained uncooperative during my investigation.”

If Mario wanted a girlfriend who was more mature, perhaps he shouldn’t have cheated on Ramona with a woman 30 years younger and then run off with her.

Kasey apparently did divulge some personal information to the officer.

Including revealing that a major point of contention was “her infidelity within the relationship.”

The good news is that the officer confirms that the altercation did not become physical.

If a couple yells at each other, their relationship is probably toxic and they should likely break up. 

But if there is physical violence — and it has been alleged that Mario has been so violent in the past that it resulted in Kasey getting a fractured hand — that’s much more serious.

All the same, the officer requested that Mario spend the night at a friend’s house.

We wouldn’t quite say that Ramona got the last laugh, but it is notable that Mario’s relationship that began with cheating has now run aground due to … you guessed it, alleged cheating.

RadarOnline‘s source confirms that Kasey stepped out on Mario.

“She did cheat on him. She felt so alone in the relationship.”

And, as the insider reveals more, it sounds like this relationship was doomed from the start.

“She wanted to get married and have children, but he told her, ‘Don’t ruin your body.'”

If you want different things in life and have totally different priorities, you might not make the happiest couple.

It also sounds like he wasn’t honest with her.

“He would tell her they would travel everywhere, but he gave her false promises.”

That is a story that we’ve all heard in countless tales of affairs that started full of hope and romance and ended full of bitterness.

Though the reports of past abuse between Mario and Kasey are alarming, perhaps their toxic relationship is finally at an end.

Ramona may take some satisfaction from this knowledge. She’s no stranger to schadenfreude.