Report: 'Top Chef' Padma Lakshmi Called 'F***ing Whore' By Boston Teamster

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi got the scare of her life earlier this summer when she approached a Boston-area restaurant near some picketing teamsters.

Deadline.com reported this week about the incident, one in which a Boston teamster threatened physical violence against the reality star. That was only a fraction of the ugliness on display by the teamsters, the site says.

Boston’s Teamsters Local 25 were angry that the reality show hired local workers and failed to sign a Teamsters contract. That led to a long confrontation around the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, MA.

One teamster screamed at Lakshmi, "we're gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore," according to Deadline.com.

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.

The battle lasted for hours, with Teamsters hurling "racist, sexist and homophobic threats and slurs" at Top Chef employees, like "sluts and whores," "fags" and the N-word.

That wasn't all that happened.

Bravo SVP Production, Jenn Levy, also was personally attacked, with teamsters shouting, "You bitch! You slut! We’re gonna get you!"

Local law enforcement soon found they had their hands full.

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 ... by the end of the day, more than a dozen of the show’s production vehicles had their tires slashed, and many had their antennae broken off.


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