Celebrity chef accused of harassment files for bankruptcy

Posted at 9:11 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 09:11:34-04

Celebrity chef MIKE ISABELLA has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit that had a direct impact on sales and led to the Washington Nationals cutting ties with him.

The Washington Post reports the Washington chef filed for bankruptcy protection for his businesses Thursday. Former Mike Isabella Concepts manager, Chloe Caras, sued in March, alleging Isabella and his partners touched her without permission and talked about her buttocks. They deny the allegations.

The "Top Chef" alum says he hopes the bankruptcy filing will help avoid more restaurant closures. Isabella is set to appear in court Friday for a hearing on the future of his restaurant at the University of Maryland in College Park. Isabella says the landlord sued for back rent and wants to evict him.