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Ex-Mario Batali staffer fears celebrity chef drugged and sexually assaulted her inside ‘rape room’


A former Mario Batali employee has come forward to accuse the disgraced celebrity chef of raping her in the VIP room of his Spotted Pig restaurant while she was drugged and unconscious.

Eva DeVirglis says Batali left her with bruised ribs and abrasions following the 2005 incident at the Manhattan restaurant.  

DeVirgilis, now 43, was a reservations manager at Batali’s flagship Greenwich Village restaurant Babbo, when the celebrity chef invited her to a late night gathering at the Spotted Pig – another NYC hotspot where Batali was an investor. 

She says she was frightened to arrive to find herself alone with Batali, who was toting a bottle of prosecco.  

That night DeVirgilis was assaulted while unconscious and woke up the next morning still in the restaurant, she says. She went to hospital, and a rape examination was performed.

But DeVirgilis declined to allow the kit to be passed to police, fearing that coming out against a powerful industry figure could ruin her burgeoning…



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