Two women have
been charged in the case of a former contestant on Bravo's
Top Chef who said she was beaten by attackers in
Sea Cliff, N.Y., yelling antigay slurs over Labor
police announced the arrests on Saturday after Josie
Smith-Malave, who was featured on the second season of the
reality show, had accused investigators last week of
not pursuing her case vigorously.
is a lesbian, said she and three other women were
assaulted by about a dozen people after being told to leave
a Sea Cliff bar on September 1, according to police.
The attackers yelled slurs about the women's perceived
sexual orientation, spat on them, and hit them, police
Trimarchi, 21, was charged with misdemeanor assault, police
said. She was released on an appearance ticket until a
November 30 court date. No working telephone number
could be found for Trimarchi at the Sea Cliff address
police gave, and they didn't know whether she had an
Borroughs, 20, was charged with aggravated harassment, also
a misdemeanor. She also was released on an appearance
ticket and is due in court on Friday. A woman who
identified herself as Borroughs at the Glen Cove
address police gave said Saturday that she didn't know about
the case. Police were unsure whether she had a lawyer.
A homeless man,
Matthew W. Walli, 20, was accused of stealing a victim's
video camera during the attack. He was arrested in September
on a charge of robbery as a bias crime. His lawyer's
name and the status of his court case were not
immediately available on Sunday.
lawyer, Yetta Kurland, rapped the investigation Friday,
saying police hadn't gone after all suspects vigorously and
had failed ''to treat the vicious attack...as the
violent hate crime that it was.''
immediately respond to a telephone message left at her
office late Saturday.
32-year-old Miami native, is a former sous-chef for the
Marlow and Sons restaurant in Brooklyn. She has played for
the New York Sharks of the Independent Women's
Football League. (AP)