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Investigation into Mario Batali closed

(CNN) — New York City police closed two sexual assault investigations into celebrity chef Mario Batali without filing charges.

Two women claimed Batali sexually assaulted them at restaurants more than a decade ago, but an NYPD official says only one of the cases was within the statute of limitations, and police could not find probable cause to file charges.

Batali denies sexually assaulting anyone, but has admitted to what he called “deeply inappropriate” behavior.

The allegations led to Batali losing his job on the ABC series “The Chew,” and products bearing his name were pulled from several retailers.

Additionally, he stepped away from day-to-day operations of his businesses.


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