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Celebrity DC Chef Accused of Harassment Files for Bankruptcy

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    Celebrity DC Chef Accused of Harassment Files for Bankruptcy
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    Mike Isabella, center, has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit, leading to the Washington Nationals cutting ties with him. The Washington Post reports the Washington chef filed for bankruptcy protection for his businesses on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Former Mike Isabella Concepts manager, Chloe Caras, sued in March alleging the "Top Chef" alum and his partners touched her without permission and talked about her buttocks.

    Celebrity chef Mike Isabella once had more than a dozen restaurants in the Washington area. Now he's filed for bankruptcy after a sexual harassment lawsuit.

    The Washington Post reports the "Top Chef" alum filed for bankruptcy protection for his businesses on Thursday.

    The March lawsuit by a former Mike Isabella Concepts top manager, Chloe Caras, accused Isabella and his partners of touching her without permission and talking about her buttocks. They denied it, the suit was settled in May, but the damage was done. Sales plummeted, the Washington Nationals cut ties and staffers quit.

    Isabella says he hopes the bankruptcy filing will help avoid more restaurant closures. He spoke ahead of a Friday hearing involving his restaurant at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he's fighting eviction.

    Grace's Kitchen Replaces Isabella Concepts at Nats Park

    [DC] Grace's Kitchen Replaces Isabella Concepts at Nats Park

    Female chefs and restaurateurs will take turns curating the menu at Grace's Kitchen, which replace Mike Isabella Concepts at Nationals Park following allegations of harassment against the former Top Chef. Tommy McFly reports.

    (Published Thursday, April 5, 2018)

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