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She wound up having to climb over her boss, an awkward maneuver that required her to straddle his lap, she said.
Batali’s fame and his clout within the restaurant industry may explain why the women didn’t speak out earlier about his alleged behavior.
After all, no one expects the Orange-Croc-wearing “Molto Mario” to work a crowd with the demeanor of a teetotaling accountant.
But the blurred lines between the businessman and the bon vivant might have been his downfall: After four anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct were published by the website Eater on Monday morning, Batali’s brand was thrown into turmoil.
Freelance food writer Andrea Strong recalled writing a feature story in Time Out New York in the early 2000s that Batali perceived to be a slight to him.
“He called me on my cell, and he was in a rage,” she said. He said, ‘I am waging a jihad against you — you will never eat in my restaurants.
“Magic, Martinis and Mario” has been a theme of Batali parties, including some that were fundraisers for his foundation, for many years.
A spokesman for B&B Hospitality Group, the parent company of Mozza and the other restaurants Batali co-owns with Joe Bastianich, said the company at the time had an HR director and a “strong sexual harassment policy then in place for reporting complaints.” In a statement to The Post, the company also said: “These accounts are appalling. The company is reinforcing for our employees that everyone deserves respect and a workplace free of discrimination and harassment.
You should get in the car and we should make out.” His grip wasn’t hard enough to hurt her arm, she says, and she broke away.
She told colleagues about the experience, and Peryer and the supervisor confirmed her account to The Post.
She said she had brushed off the comment and tried to avoid him the rest of the night, but he found her later, while she was leaning over a high-top table.
She said that no one else seemed to notice the assault, and she was so surprised that she did nothing.