A sex worker from Queens has been charged with the overdose death of a prominent chef after she was allegedly found in a hostel with his dead body.
Andrea Zamperoni — the 33-year-old head chef of the Manhattan Italian restaurant Cipriani Dolci — was reported missing last week and was later found dead inside a Queens hostel, NY1 reported.
When investigators found his body at the Kamway Lodge in Elmhurst, Queens on Wednesday, they were met with the immediate smell of both a dead body and incense, CBS New York reports. They also found alleged sex worker Angelina Barini, 41.
She told investigators, “She did not do it,” and that “her pimp made her do it,” according to court documents obtained by CBS New York.
In the hostel room, investigators said they found a garbage can stuffed with bed sheets, a human foot visibly sticking out of it. They also claimed they found bleach, an electric saw, and an empty suitcase, according to CBS New York.
She allegedly admitted to providing Zamperoni with the drugs that killed him, which includes a lethal dose of fentanyl. Zamperoni’s official toxicology report is still pending.
Barini appeared in court Monday, August 26, and did not enter any pleas, according to the New York Post. She faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute one or more substances containing fentanyl.
She is also accused of giving a fatal dose of drugs to two other men in July of this year, according to the complaint: Jean-Alessandro Silvero, who died at a Woodside motel on July 11, and an unknown victim.
Barini allegedly told investigators her pimp and others "have occasionally taken the property of the victims once they are drugged and incapacitated,” WABC in New York reports.
She has a lengthy arrest history that dates back to 2001.
Cipriani Dolci is famous for its cuisine as well as its balcony views over the Grand Central concourse.
"Andrea was a responsible, good-hearted, kind and very hard-working individual who will be deeply missed by all of us,” a spokesperson for Cipriani Dolci said in a statement.
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