Teamsters members charged with extorting 'Top Chef' staff
BOSTON (AP) — Five members of a Teamsters local accused of intimidating the staff and crew of "Top Chef" while it was filmed in Boston last year have been indicted on federal extortion charges.
The indictment says members of Teamsters Local 25 demanded that union members be hired as drivers. When the producer for the reality TV show said they had already hired their employees, the Teamsters warned they would follow the crew and picket, prompting the Omni Parker House to cancel filming there.
The Teamsters also are accused of yelling profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at host Padma Lakshmi and the crew while they filmed at a Milton restaurant.
The local's president didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. The men are due to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.