Attorney of gay couple attack suspect says client was not the aggressor

Philip Williams Credit: PPD Philip Williams Credit: PPD


The attorney of one of the three suspects in the Center City gay couple attack said he doesn't know exactly how the brawl began between those charged and the couple, but that his client was not the aggressor.


Fortunato Perri Jr., of Monagle, Perri, McHugh & Mischak in Center City, said he didn't clearly see his client, 24-year-old Philip Williams, in the surveillance video Philadelphia Police put out of the suspects but said he assumed he was. However, he was not "right in the area of where [the fight] started."



"But I do know," Perri Jr. told Metro, "from what the evidence will show, there was a mutual argument between someone in the group of kids and one of the two men."

At some point, Perri Jr. went on to say, "the issue escalated because one of the men struck one of the young girls in the face. That's what caused the altercation to escalate and what caused my client to jump in."

Perri Jr. did say the girl who was struck in the face was not the woman, 24-year-old Kathryn Knott, who was charged. Kevin Harrigan, 26, was also charged in the assault. Williams, Knott and Harrigan are all from Bucks County.

The attorney went on to confirm that Williams was at a restaurant before the assault took place on Sept. 11 at 16th and Chancellor streets, celebrating a birthday of a friend. He said some people had left the party earlier than others — Williams being one of them.

"We're going to develop the specifics of what happened out there [when we're] in the courtroom," Perri Jr. said.

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