‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: Producer Details Taunts & Slurs But Says Show Contestant Was ‘Escalating Situation’

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The first witness in the trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of terrorizing the cast and crew of Top Chef on location in 2014 testified today that the show's host, Padma Lakshmi, was "visibly terrified" after one of the defendants leaned into her car as she attempted to cross their picket line and screamed that "they were going to bash her pretty face in." Lakshmi is expected to testify later in the week. Erica Ross, the show's former co-executive producer, said she…