http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...dma-Lakshmi-crew-using-non-union-drivers.html http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2015/09/top_prosecutor_carmen_ortiz_te.html Padma Lakshmi and Top Chef crew 'abused for two weeks in Boston' Group of union members 'repeatedly hurled racist and sexist abuse' at them because the Bravo show for using non-union drivers to film On Wednesday, five of the Teamsters were indicted with felony extortion US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said they used 'old-school thug tactics' 'A group of rogue Teamsters employed old-school thug tactics to get no-work jobs from an out of town production company,' Ortiz said in a statement. 'They managed to chase a legitimate business out of the City of Boston and then harassed the cast and crew when they set up shop in Milton.' 'This kind of conduct reflects poorly on our city and must be addressed for what it is – not union organizing, but criminal extortion.' A Top Chef crew-member told Deadline last year that everyone associated with filming – including Indian-born host and judge Padma - was subjected to vile abuse over a two-week period. When a car ferrying 43-year-old Padma to the first day of the shoot pulled up outside the restaurant, one of the picketers ran up to her car and screamed, 'We're gonna bash that pretty face in, you f***ing w**re!' 'She was scared,' said the unnamed crew-member. 'He was screaming at her aggressively and violently.' 'As any employee of our show walked on or off set, the picketers verbally attacked us, calling the gays 'f*gs,' the blacks 'n*****s' and most of the women 'sl*ts and w**res,' the crew-member told Deadline. Police were called to the disturbance and immediately radioed for backup. Milton's Deputy Police Chief John King described the Teamsters as 'hostile, swearing, and refusing to let people come in and out. Officers repeatedly tried to de-escalate the situation.' As well as hurling abuse and being intimidating, the union members also slashed the tires on 14 cars owned by the crew - and many also had their antennae broken off, said King. The employees were subject to further abuse for two whole weeks of filming Season 12, which screened in October 2014. No one was injured and no one was arrested. Season 13, which screens this fall, was filmed in California.