The video below was taken last night a little after 11pm in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, and it appears to show a vicious assault on two gay men, with one getting bashed in the head with a chair.
One of the victims, 32 year-old Jonathan Snipes says that he and his boyfriend, 25 year-old Ethan York-Adams, were targeted because of their sexuality.
At the restaurant, Snipes got a text and needed to leave the restaurant quickly, he said. They got up and accidentally knocked over a drink, he said.
“A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, ‘White faggots, spilling drinks,’” Snipes said.
“I don’t let anyone talk to me like that. I went over there and asked, ‘What did you say about us?’” he added.
Snipes said he’s 140 pounds, never thrown a punch in his life and felt he posed no physical threat to anyone at the table, especiallythe two large men there — one of whom stands about 6 feet 4 inches, according to police.
“I may be a mouthy broad, but I wasn’t going to take it to that level,” Snipes said.
One of the men stood up and escalated the verbal confrontation, Snipes said.
“He turned it into a physical altercation very quickly,” he added.
The attacker and the group he was with fled the scene before police arrived. So far, no arrests have been made.
“We want this to go viral,” the couple’s friend Sarah Meyers told DNAinfo. “We need to find him. My friend could have been killed.”
Here’s video of the incident, but viewers should be warned that it’s disturbing: