Four Teamsters in Boston acquitted of 'Top Chef' extortion plot

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 15, 2017 11:04 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Four Teamsters union members in Boston were acquitted on Tuesday of charges that they tried to extort jobs from a production company filming "Top Chef" in 2014 through thug tactics that included threatening host Padma Lakshmi.

A federal jury in Boston found Daniel Redmond, John Fidler, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross not guilty of conspiracy and attempted extortion charges over what prosecutors said was an effort to secure wages for unwanted services from the non-union company.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)