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Former Boston teamsters officially sentenced in 'Top Chef' case

Head "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio (L-R), judge Gail Simmons, host Padma Lakshmi and producer Andy Cohen.

Head "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio (L-R), judge Gail Simmons, host Padma Lakshmi and producer Andy Cohen.  (Reuters File)

A former Boston Teamsters official who intimidated the staff and crew of the "Top Chef" cooking competition show while it was filming in Boston in 2014 will serve six months of house arrest.

Mark Harrington, one of five Teamsters indicted for attemped extortion of the hit Bravo show, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to two years of probation, including home confinement, and must pay more than $24,000 in restitution.

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The 62-year-old Harrington pleaded guilty in September to an attempted extortion charge under a deal with prosecutors.

Five members of Local 25 were indicted last year. The indictment said they demanded union members be hired as drivers and then threatened and harassed the crew for the show's non-union production company.

In 2014, Harrington was one of about a dozen members of the Teamsters Local 25 who set up a picket line outside the Steel & Rye in Milton, outside of Boston, where the show was filming.

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The group were accused of yelling profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at host Padma Lakshmi and the crew during filming at a restaurant.