“Top Chef” host testifies about confrontation with Teamster – The Denver Post – Colorado News

“Top Chef” host testifies about confrontation with Teamster – The Denver Post – Colorado News

BOSTON (AP) — Padma Lakshmi, the host of the “Top Chef” reality 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 filmed in 2014.

Lakshmi, who is also an author and model, said she was a passenger in a vehicle outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, just south of Boston, where a group of men had formed a line so vehicles could not move forward. She said one man leaned his arm 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.

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