Teamsters in Massachusetts terrorized the set of Bravo Network's Top Chef last week, screaming racist, homophobic and sexist slurs at the cast and crew according to the New York Post.
When production wrapped, the “Top Chef” crew found that tires were slashed on 14 of their cars. Milton police confirmed to Deadline.com that the union members — angry because the show didn’t use the Teamsters and hired local PAs instead — were “threatening, heckling and harassing,” but they said no arrests were made.
When I asked on Monday if it was true that Lakshmi was scared witless and too intimidated to speak, her publicist replied, “Thanks so much for your concern. We can’t comment on this. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.”
Deadline.com's report details how the picketing thugs specifically targeted the show's host, Padma Lakshmi. One of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f---ing whore!”
“She was scared,” said a Top Chef crew member who witnessed the incident, which occurred in June while filming an episode for the upcoming 12th season of Bravo’s popular skein, which premieres October 15. “He was screaming at her aggressively and violently.”
John King, Milton’s Deputy Police Chief, said the Teamsters were “threatening, heckling and harassing.” The first officer on the scene, he said, had to call for back-up after the Teamsters “gave the officer trouble.” Reading from the police report, he said the Teamsters were “hostile, swearing, and refusing to let people come in and out. Officers repeatedly tried to de-escalate the situation.” When more police arrived, the Teamsters went to the show’s hospitality tent and “harassed the crew there.” When the officers went there, King said, “A group of them slashed the tires on 14 different cars owned by the crew.”
Top Chef Boston will premiere on October 15.