At least seven women have already accused Batali of alleged inappropriate touching in public, causing him to lose his television jobs. Batali has also seen his restaurants in Las Vegas shutter and restaurant group partnerships end.
Natali Tene, a 28-year-old from Boston, says that the Batali incident happened in April 2017. She claims that Batali groped her after suggesting a selfie series. He allegedly rubbed her breasts, grabbed her backside, put his hands between her legs, and kept squeezing her face into his as he kissed her.
The lawsuit was filed in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston and claims emotional distress, anxiety and self-doubt on Tene’s part as a result of the alleged groping.
The New York Police Department is still deciding whether to charge Batali related to complaints by two women who say he sexually assaulted them at two of his Manhattan restaurants, the Spotted Pig and Babbo.
Earlier this week, the New York state attorney general confirmed that the office was investigating allegations of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination related to Batali’s restaurant partnership.
Batali has not commented on the latest allegations.