Defendants Trying To Scare Production.

top-chef-1280x400[1] Trial of Teamsters accused of ‘Top Chef’ extortion plot wraps up in Boston. A federal prosecutor on Thursday urged jurors in Boston to convict four Teamsters union members charged with trying in 2014 to extort jobs from a production company filming “Top Chef” through tactics that included threatening host Padma Lakshmi.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina Barclay told the federal jury in her closing argument that the Teamsters threatened the Bravo network cooking competition show’s cast and crew, with one telling Lakshmi he would “bash her pretty little face in.”
Barclay said the Teamsters during a shoot in the suburb of Milton yelled racist and homophobic slurs, slashed tires and threatened to shut down filming to secure wages for unnecessary services from the non-union production.
“The defendants, through their words and actions, were trying to scare the production crew,” Barclay said.
But lawyers for Daniel Redmond, John Fidler, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross said they were engaged in legitimate picketing as their union negotiated to have the company replace non-union drivers with its Teamsters Local 25 members.Kevin Barron, a lawyer for Ross, urged jurors to look past “emotional evidence” and consider whether his client intended to extort anyone or was just part of a protest that turned ugly.

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