A gay couple was violently attacked at a restaurant in Chelsea on Tuesday night by two men shouting homophobic slurs.
Ethan York-Adams, 25, and his boyfriend Jonathan Snipes, 32, were at a Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea for dinner and Cinco De Mayo margaritas, when Snipes accidentally knocked over another patron’s drinks, he told DNAinfo New York.
The man called him a f----t, attacking him and his partner with a chair and pushing them to the ground before kicking them in the face, as this video captured by another patron shows. Snipes lost a tooth, suffered ear damage and bruising to his head.
But the incident is not currently being investigated as a hate crime by the New York Police Department.
“I am appalled and angered by the senseless act of anti-LGBT hate violence that was perpetrated last night at a restaurant in my district,” said Council Member Corey Johnson, who represents Chelsea, in a statement. “The fact that this attack took place in the neighborhood of Chelsea, a place known around the world for its acceptance of all people, is particularly outrageous.”
Johnson added that he is talking to the NYC Anti Violence Project and the NYPD about the incident. He said anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 646-610-6806.