‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial Enters Second Day Of Jury Deliberations

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The jury resumed deliberations Friday in the federal extortion trial of four Teamsters accused of threatening and harassing the non-union crew of the “Top Chef” TV reality show.

Related: Keller: Teamsters, Prosecutors Both Went Too Far In ‘Top Chef’ Case

Jurors received the case Thursday afternoon and deliberated for two hours after prosecutors and defense lawyers delivered closing arguments.

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Teamsters outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton in 2014. (Photo credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office)

The Local 25 members are accused of threatening the “Top Chef” staff, including its host, Padma Lakshmi. She testified she was “terrified” when a Teamster confronted her outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton where the Bravo series filmed in 2014.

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Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi at federal court in Boston, August 7, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

Prosecutors said the Teamsters used strong-arm tactics and attempted to disrupt filming for the show in an attempt to extort jobs as drivers with union-scale wages.

Lawyers for the men told the jury they were merely demonstrating against the non-union crew.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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