Batali is facing an indecent assault and battery charge in connection with an alleged incident on March 31, 2017 at a restaurant in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday in an email.
The celebrity chef is expected to be arraigned on Friday at Boston Municipal Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said.
The law firm representing Batali could not be immediately reached late Wednesday.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office did not release the accuser's name in this case, but the facts match up with details from a lawsuit filed in 2018 by a Boston-area woman.
"Batali's actions were without warning or permission, were unwanted and disgusting and made Ms. Tene feel shocked and highly uncomfortable," the complaint states.
Tene has asked for damages to be awarded to her "in an amount determined by the Court."
Tene's attorney could not be immediately reached late Wednesday.
Batali later said in a statement to CNN that he was" deeply sorry "and apologizing" to the people I have mistreated and hurt. "
In a later statement to CNN, Batali said he was "deeply sorry" and apologized "to the people I have mistreated and hurt."
"That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses," he said.
CNN's Darran Simon and Sandra Gonzalez contributed to this report.