Batali is facing an indecent assault and battery charge in connection with an alleged incident on March 31, 2017 at Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, the Suffolk County Attorney's Office said Wednesday in an email.
The celebrity chef is expected to be arrested on Friday at the Boston Municipal Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.
The law firm representing Batali could not be released 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 disgusted and made Ms. Tene feel shocked and highly uncomfortable," the complaint states.
Tene has been sentenced to pay damages "in an amount determined by the court."
Tene's attorney could not be 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."
CNN's Darran Simon and Sandra Gonzalez contributed to this report.