by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: September 12, 2007 - 10:30 am ET
(New York City) Former 'Top Chef' constant Josie Smith-Malave is accusing police on Long Island of doing little to arrest the men she says beat her and two other women outside a bar in Sea Cliff.
Smith-Malave, who is openly lesbian and was featured on season 2 of the Bravo network show, said through her attorney that she and the other women had been asked to leave the bar on Sept 1 after a patron objected that two of the women were dancing together.
Attorney Yetta Kurland says that about 10 or 12 patrons, mostly young and some under age, followed the three women out of the club where the assault occurred.
Kurland says that the crowd began yelling anti-gay epithets, then spat on the women and threw debris on them.
At that point several in the crowd began beating the women. The three suffered bruises. One woman had a head injury, and Kurland says that a video recorder that one of the woman had was stolen from her.
When police arrived at the scene several of the attackers were still there but Kurland says there were no arrests, and police still have not laid any charges.
"We're disappointed with the initial response. I've been given assurances that they are going to treat this as a bias crime," Kurland told Newsday.
A spokesperson for Nassau County police declined to discuss the case while it is under investigation.
A Miami native, Smith-Malave is a former sous-chef for a Brooklyn restaurant. Prior to that she played for the New York Sharks of the Independent Women's Football League.
Kurland said that the women were on Long Island for a friend's birthday.