Former 'Top Chef' Finalist Speak About Anti-Gay Attackers
Openly gay Top Chef second-season finalist Josie Smith-Malave said in a recent interview with the New York Post that she felt much anger from the people who allegedly beat her, sister Julie and gay friend Emily Durwood on September 1.

"It was a very large group of young adults.  I mean, they were so angry," Smith-Malave told the tabloid.  "I've never experienced something like that before, when you come face to face with people who are so angry."

The former Top Chef finalist also claims that the some of the people who beat them not only watched and laughed, but also took pictures of the incident.

It all started when Josie Smith-Malave and her party were asked to leave the bar Partners in Sea Cliff, New York.  According to a statement released by the office of attorney Yetta Kurland, after the three women left the bar, they were followed by “a mob of nine to 12 young adults.”

The crowd reportedly shouted slurs, hurled “sticks, cups and other objects” and spat at the three women before they attacked.

Josie Smith-Malave, a former sous chef at for the Brooklyn-based restaurant, Marlow and Sons, sustained some bruises while Durwood hurt her head.

At this time, police are still investigating the incident.  On Wednesday, September 12, police arrested and charged a 20-year-old homeless man by the name of Matthew W. Walli with participating in the anti-gay attack.  Apparently, Walli stole a video camera from one of the three women, causing her to injure her knee.

Walli, who is originally from Oregon, was charged with robbery as a bias crime, which is punishable by at most 15 years in prison when convicted.  He was arraigned on Thursday, September 13.

Smith Malave was one of the 15 contestants on the second season of Top Chef.  She was eliminated from the competition at the end of the fifth episode.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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