A man from New York City who was visiting a relative in Cleveland, Ohio, was attacked on Saturday night in an alleged gay hate crime. Jared Fox was walking from his car to a local gay bar when he says a group of 20 young men beat him while shouting gay slurs.
“They didn’t know if I had money. They didn’t know anything about me,” Fox said. “They saw that there was a gay bar at the corner and they saw me walking to it.”
Fox says the men surrounded him, punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground. They only hit him harder after he told them he had no money.
“You’re one of those broke f***ots,’” Fox recalls someone saying before his cellphone was stolen and the mob fled. The victim suffered a black eye, had his right eardrum ruptured and was bruised on various parts of his body, The Blaze reported.
After the attack, Fox posted a video on YouTube talking about what had happened. “Anybody who knows me there are three things you don’t mess with? My food, my man and my money,” Fox said in the clip.
"This is not new in the city of Cleveland, many cities experience this and it needs to stop," said Phyllis Harris, the executive director of The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. "We want to be a city that folks will be proud of - I don't care if you're straight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, whatever.”
Fox is planning to run in a Spartan Race next weekend to raise money for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Police are still investigating the incident but don’t have any suspects at this time.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call First District Detectives at 216-623-5118. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or texting TIP657 plus your message to CRIMES (274637).
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