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Anti-gay assault reported in Chelsea

Two men were attacked in Chelsea last night while they were walking home from the movies holding hands, cops said.

nypd Two men were attacked in Chelsea last night in an apparently anti-gay assault, police reported. Credit: Metro File Photo

Police are reporting an apparent anti-gay assault in Chelsea last night at 12:10 a.m.

According to police reports the victims of the attack were two men, ages 53 and 27, who were holding hands on their walk home from seeing a movie.

Cops said the victims had just turned west onto 24th Street from 9th Avenue when they were confronted by two teenagers who demanded: "What are you looking at, you f—g f—ts?"

The situation reportedly escalated into fisticuffs with four additional attackers joining the fray.

The six assailants piled on the two victims, cops said, with one of the original two continuing to yell "f—t" as they punched both victims in the face and stomach.

Cops said the attackers fled on foot toward the Chelsea Elliot Houses. The victims reportedly called 911 and were taken to Beth Israel Hospital. One of the victims suffered swelling and cuts to the left side of his face, and the other had a gash on his chin that required seven stitches.

They were treated and released last night, after NYPD officers with the Special Victims Squad met with them at the hospital.

Special Victims deemed the attack a bias incident. Cops said the attack appears to be motivated solely by the victims' sexual orientation as there was no previous interaction between the victims and the attackers.

Cops described the original two assailants as black teens, both about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9 and 140 to 150 pounds with short black hair. There are no clothing descriptions available.

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