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Suspect Arrested in "Top Chef" Gay Bashing Case

9/14/2007 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

matthew wall, josie smith-walaveNew details have emerged regarding the vicious attack on "Top Chef" contestant Josie Smith-Malave and her friends over Labor Day weekend. Nassau County police department reported that they've arrested Matthew W. Wall, 20, of Oregon, and charged him with second degree robbery and a bias crime. He was arraigned yesterday.

Police report that Wall, along with approximately twelve of his friends, were involved in a confrontation with Smith-Malave and three of her female friends. The altercation escalated when Wall and his posse allegedly began spitting and hitting the four women and making derogatory statements about their sexual orientation.

According to the police report, Wall "forcibly stole a video camera from one of the four, causing her to fall and injure her knee." The investigation is ongoing.

Smith-Malave appeared on the second season of "Top Chef" and was rejected in episode five.

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Megan    

She appeared in the second season of Top Chef, not the third.

2495 days ago
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lynn    

Put him/them in the ladies wing of the prison as his/their punishment and see how he likes those odds! Idiots!

2495 days ago
3.

Stef    

Doctor Who attacked her?

NO!!!


WHY????

2495 days ago
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Kitty    

Hang the bastard !

2495 days ago
5.

Dog is a racist mutt!    

He'll make someone a nice boytoy in prison! Karma!

2495 days ago
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Top Chef Lvr    

Hey TMZ!
One little issue over here....
She wasn't from season three. Season three is on air right now!
She is from Season two, which was in my oppinion THE best episode to date so far.

Other that, poor girl. Too bad that happened to her.

2495 days ago
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hora    

loser. there is no excuse for what he did

2495 days ago
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Ms. Giant1    

human rights to all, hang the gaybasher.. you idiot. now when you go to jail, you will become gay but not by choice,,, don't bend over and pick up the soap or Bruno will get you...

2495 days ago
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Ms. Giant1    

human rights to all, hang the gaybasher.. you idiot. now when you go to jail, you will become gay but not by choice,,, don't bend over and pick up the soap or Bruno will get you...

2495 days ago
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Kate    

It takes a real tough guy to beat up a bunch of women, huh? what a creep. I hope he gets at least 5 years in prison. And to all the gay bashers who will inevitably leave disgusting comments, no matter what you think of someone's sexual orientation, you have NO right to lay your hands on anyone. Period.

2495 days ago
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KarriO    

nice pimple!!!! This guy and his friends are little punk idiots...

2495 days ago
12.

Ceeya    

Who is she again? WHY is such a big deal being made of it??

2495 days ago
13.

Kelt    

Gosh- if this were 1980, I'd swear that they'd just
arrested LEIF GARRETT !

2495 days ago
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Kirstie    

hope that guy gets put away!

2495 days ago
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death on a cracker    

hey, isnt this the guy that stole Carol Channings dress too?

2495 days ago
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