Four Marines accused of beating man in possible gay hate crime
Four U.S. Marines were arrested for assault after allegedly beating up a man outside a popular gay bar in southern California, and the attack was being investigated as a possible hate crime, police said.
The victim, a film student from San Dimas, was beaten unconscious early Monday morning outside the Silver Fox bar in Long Beach, Calif., where he had gone with his boyfriend, CBSLA.com reported. The Marines, who were not identified by authorities, have been freed on bail.
The soldiers came into the bar late Sunday or early Monday. One of them allegedly made derogatory remarks to the man, according to media reports.
"You could tell by the tone of his voice that he [the Marine] was uncomfortable. He was making a demeaning remark," Silver Fox Manager John Barnes told the Press-Telegram on Monday, adding that the alleged attacker had called the victim “sweetheart.”
The man, who told CBS that he did not want to be identified out of concern for his safety, said the assault occurred outside the bar. Witnesses said the men used homophobic slurs, the television station reported.
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