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Chef Michael Chiarello Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance

In the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit in March

Michael Chiarello

Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello has been arrested for the possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence. The Napa County Department of Corrections release report shows that Chiarello was arrested on Wednesday, November 2 at 3:27 a.m., brought in at 4:46 a.m., and released on $5,000 bail at 7:28 a.m.

Specifically, Chiarello was charged with VC23152(a) (driving under the influence of alcohol) and HS11377(a) (possession of a controlled substance). While HS11377(a) does not specify which controlled substance, it is commonly used in California for meth-related charges.

The arrest follows a March lawsuit, in which Chiarello and his restaurant group Gruppo Chiarello, which includes Coqueta in San Francisco and Bottega Ristorante in Yountville, were sued for sexual harassment and labor violations. The charges allege a “sexually charged, hostile and abusive environment,” laid out in very graphic detail.

Eater SF has reached out to Chiarello’s publicist for more information. Stay tuned for updates.