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celebrity chefs Mario Batali what set upon a fast growing food empire that's all now come crashing down amid sexual assault allegations but tali announced Wednesday that he has sold his stake in the sixteen restaurant operation he helped build along with the family of fame to P. B. S. personality and Italian food con a sore Lydia Bastiaan itch he stepped away from day to day operations more than a year ago after numerous allegations of sexual assault surfaced in two thousand seventeen as part of the me to move it but as a partner but tali continued to financially benefit from the success of the restaurants the two sides have parted ways Tollie continues to grapple with the fallout from allegations he sexually assaulted numerous women over two decades , and one claim made public on CBS sixty minutes he was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting an employee the New York police department opened a criminal investigation into that allegation but the probe was closed without charges being brought his once burgeoning TV career has also suffered he was fired from the defunct ABC cooking program the two and he's been wiped clean from any Food Network programs and there could be more to come but tali is a minority stake holder in Italy and according to The New York Times other investors in the global chain of high end Italian supermarkets are putting together a deal to buy him out for calling is just one of a number of high profile chefs gnarled by the me too movement at the time the allegations first surfaced he did offer an apology saying he was quote deeply sorry for any pain humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers employees customers friends and family I mean the idea