Transcript for NYPD investigates Mario Batali sexual assault claims
We begin with that new trouble for disgraced celebrity chef Mario batali. A woman who worked for him now coming forward saying he drugged and sexually assaulted her. The NYPD confirming they have launched a criminal investigation. ABC's linsey Davis is here with more. Reporter: Good morning. Allegations first surfaced from multiple women back in December about batali. One of the most famous chefs in the world but the latest accuser said he drugged and sexually assaulted her and says it happened in a popular New York City restaurant in a section that employees called the rape room. So I cut that into -- Reporter: This morning the New York police department confirms it's investigating embattled chef Mario batali for multiple allegations of sexual assault. The news comes after a "60 minutes" report including a former employee of batali's who spoke anonymously saying batali drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005. I woke up by myself on the floor. I don't know where I am of an empty room, wooden floor, I see broken bottles. The first thing I think was I was drugged. I thought I've been assaulted. Reporter: It happened in a private third floor party room of the spotted pig, an exclusive New York restaurant he invested in and reportedly partied at regularly. Batali vehemently denies any assault but in a statement to CBS the chef says my past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. These allegations are just the latest since popular food blog eater published an expose on him late last year. When the Harvey Weinstein allegations first came out people started coming to us with tips about various chefs throughout the restaurant industry and batali was one of those chefs. Reporter: According to eater, the complaints come from four women, three of whom apparently worked for batali and accuse him of touching them inappropriately over the course of two batali did not deny those allegations, apologizing at the time saying, that behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. Batali has since been removed from his role hosting ABC's "The chew's" stepped away from managing his business empire which numbers 26 premiere restaurants around the world. This latest accuser says she went to police, went to the hospital but as a struggling actress felt she didn't have the resources to file a report. But now the police are investigating. They are. Thank you so much, linsey.
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