Celebrity chef Mario Batali found not guilty of sexual misconduct
Mario Batali was found not guilty of sexual misconduct. The Boston criminal trial concluded after a short two days on Tuesday, with a judge, not jury, acquitting the celebrity chef on indecent assault and battery charges. He appeared elated after the verdict was read, hugging his lawyers and friends on the way out of court. In 2017, Batali was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman who asked to take a selfie at his restaurant. She took the stand on Monday and claimed she was "nervous, shocked" and "alarmed" after the incident. The former Food Network star, who's been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, maintained his innocence. He waived his right to a jury trial and faced up to 2 1/2 years in prison if found guilty.