The celebrity host of Bravo’s “Top Chef” television show told a federal jury Monday that she was “terrified” in June 2014, when the van she was riding in pulled up to a restaurant in Milton, and several Teamsters members began to surround the vehicle yelling profanities.
“One guy came up, was coming toward the car, and he seemed really mad. They all seemed heated up,” Padma Lakshmi told jurors.
One of the men, so close she could smell him, rested his arm at the door window and taunted her and her driver, she told jurors.
“Oh, looky here, what a pretty face … what a shame about that pretty face,” said the man, according to Lakshmi. “I felt he was bullying me. I felt he was saying ‘I might hit you’ … I was just petrified and wanted it to be over.”