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VIDEO: Gay couple brutally assaulted in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood

The video 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.

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.

From DNAinfo:

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.

Jonathan Snipes and his injuries. Photo credit: Ben Fractenberg/DNAinfo

Jonathan Snipes and his injuries. Photo credit: Ben Fractenberg/DNAinfo

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:

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9 Comments

  1. Jeb

    May 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I hope they find the asshole.

  2. zaherahm

    May 6, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Gives the whole black community a bad name when a single black person does this, we need to realize when something like this happens it makes the stereotype about black men even worse.

  3. Damon Devine

    May 7, 2015 at 1:21 am

    One gets the distinct feeling the gay guy said more than “what did you say about us?” If so, that will surely come out. Truth is..we can’t go around mouthing off and expecting nothing in return. As well, common sense tells us when we can…and then when it’s not in our best interest.

  4. tom

    May 7, 2015 at 3:50 am

    The guys usually do.

  5. tom

    May 7, 2015 at 3:51 am

    The gays usually do.

  6. Capo Tony

    May 7, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Sin breeds violence.

  7. wmson

    May 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Really damon? No matter what was said, breaking some ones head with a chair is never right nor deserved.

  8. wmson

    May 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Violence is a sin…

  9. Louis

    May 8, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Capo you’re an idiot

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