Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Antigay Assault in NY
Top Chef contestant beaten by anti-gay attackers on Long Island
A former contestant on the reality show Top Chef was beaten by attackers yelling anti-gay slurs, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Josie Smith-Malave, a lesbian who was featured on Season 2 of the Bravo channel show, was among a small group of women asked to leave a Sea Cliff bar over Labor Day weekend, lawyer Yetta Kurland said. About 10 young people followed the women out and began screaming anti-gay epithets, spitting on them and then beating them, Kurland said.
The women, who had been on Long Island to attend a friend's birthday party, suffered bruises, and one received injuries to her head. One of them had a camera taken in the attack.
Wow, that's awful. Here's a 2006 interview with Smith-Malave on AfterEllen.com
UPDATE: One of the alleged attackers has been arrested.