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Celebrity Chef pleads not guilty to indecent assault and battery charge

Accuser claims Mario Batali groped her
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Celebrity Chef Mario Batali appears in a Boston court room this morning (Friday)

BOSTON, Massachusetts — Famed Chef Mario Batali appeared in a Massachusetts court to face charges connected to a 2017 allegation of sexual misconduct.

Batali was charged with indecent assault and battery.

His accuser claims Batali enticed her to take a "selfie" with him.

He then groped her and kissed her without consent - according to a statement from the accuser's attorney.

At the hearing today (Friday) Batali and his attorney were told they could have no contact with the victim and witnesses.

A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

A pretrial hearing was set for July 12th, but Batali's presence was excused by the judge.