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Padma Lakshmi Was Threatened, Called Racial Slurs By 'Top Chef' Teamsters

Padma Lakshmi Was Threatened, Called Racial Slurs By 'Top Chef' Teamsters

Top Chef supervising producer Ellie Carbajal testified in court this week that members of the Teamsters Union hurled insults and racial slurs at host Padma Lakshmi while being accused of trying to extort the show for driving jobs.

According to the testimony, provided by Deadline, one man said, “That’s the pretty one. We want to smash her face in.”

“Your mama would be so proud,” the producer said, to which a man responded, “At least I’m not a scab like you.”

Other insults such as “c-nt” and a terrible racial slur were recorded as well.

Robert Cafarelli, John Fidler, Daniel Remond and Michael Ross – the four men charged with extorting the company – have pleaded not guilty.

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  • plez

    Such language is not acceptable. But you can see from the show that she acts as if she is better than others and her attitude sticks. So I’m sure it’s worse off camera.

  • RAINEY

    Sorry to hear this Lakshma, sad thing is you are not alone getting racial abuse hearled at them many have, at least you are speaking up now, better than never.

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  • nigella125

    More and more, white people are becoming the scourge of society. These men were disgusting. Big, fat hillbilly mentalities.