“TOP CHEF” HOST SAYS TEAMSTER CONFRONTED HER
BOSTON» Padma Lakshmi, host of the “Top Chef” TV show, testified Monday that she was “petrified” when a Teamster confronted her while union members were picketing outside a Boston-area restaurant where the series was filmed in 2014.
Lakshmi said she Padma was in a vehicle outside Lakshmi the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, where a group of men had formed a line so vehicles could not move forward. She said one man leaned on her door and said: “Oh, lookie here, what a pretty face, or What a shame about that pretty face.”
“I felt he was bullying me,” Lakshmi said. “I felt he was saying, ‘I might hit you.’ ”
Lakshmi’s testimony came during the federal trial of four members of Teamsters Local 25. The men have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to extort, and aiding and abetting.
Prosecutors allege they threatened and harassed the crew of the Bravo show’s nonunion production company.
Lawyers for the teamsters have said the men were merely exercising their right to picket for driving jobs. They have said “Top Chef” crew members escalated the incident in Milton. — The Associated Press