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"Top Chef" Contestant in Alleged Gay Bash

9/12/2007 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A former contestant on the hit Bravo reality show "Top Chef" was allegedly beaten by attackers yelling anti-gay slurs in an affluent part of Long Island.

Josie Smith-Malave, an openly gay woman and a contestant on the second season, says she was with a group of women who were asked to leave the bar Partners in tony Sea Cliff, NY over Labor Day weekend.

Smith-Malave's lawyer says about 10 young people followed the group of women and began hurling anti-gay epithets, spitting on them and then beating them. Nassau County police tell TMZ the incident is still under investigation.

Smith-Malave, originally a Miami native, was kicked off the show in episode 5. She once played on a team for the Independent Women's Football League.

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CJ    

So not cool

2606 days ago
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Kate    

This is so sad. People, if you don't agree with someone's lifestyle then look the other way but physically beating someone because they are gay? That is beyond pathetic. I hope they catch these nuts and put them in jail for a long time. Before the Anti-Gay comments start just remember its not right to put your hands on anyone for any reason.

2606 days ago
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Ricky Ticky Tock    

Her food sucked.

Half the contestants on the show are gay, let alone 75% of the Bravo network.

2606 days ago
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joe    

That is sick. If she was attacked just for being gay. Good gosh folks. Maybe thie next step is to attack ANYONE with brown eyes. And these were HUMAN BEINGS who attacked other HUMAN BEINGS. We are ALL human beings. Get it, we are all on the journey TOGETHER.

2606 days ago
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whatevah    

WHEN PEOPLE ACT OUT AGAINST PEOPLE IT IS BECAUSE THEY FEAR SOMETHING... WHAT THEY FEAR IS THAT SOMEONE WILL DISCOVER THAT THE ATTACKERS ARE HIDING THE FACT THAT THEY ARE GAY

2606 days ago
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kgb    

Gay bashing is just wrong..

but she looks awfully tough, like she could hold her own..

2606 days ago
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ivana jerchough    

Larry Craig does not see this as a hate crime. But then again Larry Craig is not gay, was never gay and does not cruise men in bathrooms. He only taps his foot, touching the person in the stall next to him, followed by a series of odd under the stall hand gestures-- perfectly ordinary for most straight men.

2606 days ago
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patrick    

well lets wait for the whole story. she may not be the poor, innocent victim.

2606 days ago
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Disgusted by #2's comment    

And... what the hell does that have to do with anything? Her food sucked, so she deserves to be beaten and spit upon? You freaking idiot - people like you are what is wrong with the world. Please spare the rest of us and remove yourself from it.

2606 days ago
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Kate    

#9... Go brush the two teeth you have left you backwards hillbilly.

p.s. how did the wedding go? Is your cousin all you thought she'd be?

2606 days ago
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que pendejadas    

SO TERRIBLY SAD. I DO NOT APPROVE OF THE HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE PERSONALLY, BUT THESE ACTIONS ARE TERRIBLY WRONG. I BELIEVE WE HAVE ENOUGH HATE GOING AROUND. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR? I GUESS THAT COMMAND IS WAY OFFBEAT AND PRETTY OLD EH? I MUST READ LIKE A CRAZY WRITING THIS, BUT IT IS VERY VERY SAD THAT THIS WOMAN/MAN OR PERSON WAS MISTREATED AND BEATENED. TOO BAD.

2606 days ago
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CLAUDA DE SCRATCH    

#3 I totally agree with you!!

2606 days ago
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Heather    

That really sucks. I could care less if someone's gay, straight, whatever. It's their life and doesn't affect me. Terrible people!

2606 days ago
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AM NOT YOUR BITCH, BITCH.    

I do not approve of that lifestyle, but that is not reason to beat up on someone. I love Josie, that my girl.

To quote Season 1 contestant Dave Martin
"Am not your bitch, bitch"

2606 days ago
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scribbler    

#9 You are hilarious. Love your opening line....What the hell would you know about decent people? I usually have to go to a trailer park to meet someone with your insight. See you next time on Cops or the Jerry Springer show. Makes me proud to be an American......

2606 days ago
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