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Josie Smith-Malave Speaks: TV Chef Beaten in New York Bar

Sep 13, 2007

I guess it happens in New York, too. TV Top Chef contestant Josie Smith-Malave felt the hatred as a mob of a dozen teenagers surrounded her and two other women, kicking and punching them while yelling anti-gay epithets. Now the chef is speaking on the alleged crime and tells how a dozen young people attacked her, a friend and her sister outside a Long Island.
Josie Smith-Malave Speaks: TV Chef Beaten in New York
Josie Smith-Malave Speaks: TV Chef Beaten in New York

Smith-Malave said the trouble began when she, her heterosexual sister, Julie Smith, 30, and her gay friend, Emily Durwood, 23, were asked to leave Partners, a Sea Cliff bar, on Sept. 1, reports the New York Post. The sisters spent Labor Day weekend together in New York. That Saturday, they and a friend, Emily Durwood, took off to a Long Island barbecue and bout 11 p.m., the women and a few friends stopped by the bar.

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That's when it got really ugly. According to the Post the three women were told to leave the bar (they were dancing together) and then were followed outside by "a mob of nine to 12 young adults," said a statement released by attorney Yetta Kurland's office.

The group "encircled" the trio, started shouting out hateful slurs. such as (F-bomb) dykes," threw "sticks, cups and other objects" at the women, and even spit on them before the violence occurred, the statement added.

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The Miami Herald reports that one teen slammed Durwood's head on the curb. Another grabbed Smith-Malave's video camera when she began recording the attack. No one came to their rescue, but someone called police. By the time they arrived, the teens had all disappeared.

''I explained to them we were jumped and it was a group of 12 or more. Only three women and the rest were men. We were being punched and kicked,'' Smith-Malave said. "The cops didn't understand it. I had to ask them to be concerned with the hate behind the words."

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