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Gay man beaten en route to nightclub



August 8, 2005

A gay man was insulted and then beaten early Sunday morning while on his way to a well-known nightclub in the Meat Packing district.

The man was walking to the Roxy with a male friend when they were approached by two men. The first man yelled an anti-gay slur, and then both perpetrators assaulted the pair, police said.

It is one of two attacks from yesterday the Police Department is investigating as hate crimes.

The victim, who is black, and his friend, who is white, neither of whom were identified by police, were walking to the Roxy, a nightclub at the corner of W. 18th St. and 10th Ave.

"The Roxy is the last of the cavernous NY gay discos, regularly hosting international DJ superstars," according to an on-line gay travel guide.

The nightclub was hosting a release party for a DVD entitled "Unleashed," according to its Web site.

It is unclear whether the victim and his friend were companions or just friends, police said.

When they were a block away from the club, at the corner of Ninth Ave. and W. 18th St., they were approached by an unknown man, who hurled anti-gay comments at the men. When the black man responded, the perpetrator punched him in the face, police said. While they were fighting, a second perpetrator hit him in the head from behind.

Both suspects quickly fled the scene.

It happened so fast that neither the victim, who was treated and released for face and head injuries at St. Vincent's Hospital, or his friend could tell investigators whether the attackers were white, black, or Hispanic.

Copyright © 2005, Newsday, Inc.


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