New York opens celebrity chef probe after sex assault deal

Prosecutors in New York have said they will investigate celebrity chef Mario Batali after a business associate of his agreed to compensate former employees over sexual harassment allegations. New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office’s probe of restaurateur Ken Friedman had unearthed information regarding Batali’s alleged behaviour at a trendy Manhattan gastropub. Friedman, the majority owner of The Spotted Pig, will pay $240,000 to 11 women and give them a share of his restaurant’s profits for ten years under a settlement negotiated by James, announced on Tuesday.