Teamsters acquitted of threats, extortion of 'Top Chef' TV crew


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Monday marks the third day of jury deliberation in the trial of four Teamsters accused of threatening and harassing the crew of the TV reality show "Top Chef" while it filmed at a Milton restaurant.

The jurors are deliberating the case of four members of Teamsters Local 25 who have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to extort, as well as aiding and abetting. In this case, they wanted jobs as drivers, or at least jobs for other union members, he said.

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The men were already employed as part of the filming of "Black Mass", which featured Johnny Depp portraying the infamous Boston gangster, James "Whitey" Bulger.

They said after another hotel anxious about picketing withdrew from participating in the show, production company Magical Elves switched to filming that June 10 at the Steel & Rye restaurant in the suburb of Milton.

The union members were not carrying signs or providing leaflets as they were outside Steel & Rye, which is on the Boston-Milton border.

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"Lookie what we have here", Fidler allegedly told her as he placed his arm inside the van through a window, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors.

The teamsters had been accused of spewing lewd and rude comments at Lakshmi.


The original September 2015 indictment of the Teamsters members - for crashing filming of the television show while demanding jobs - had become an early headache for Walsh, a longtime labor leader who was elected with heavy union support in 2013. What a shame about that pretty face, ' " according to the Boston Herald. "We're glad the jury saw this case for what it was", defense attorneys said in a statement after the trial. "Any suggestions would be helpful". "The presumption is not a mere formality".

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