Bias Attack At NYCs Oldest Gay Bar

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 10:40am

Bartender assaulted by man screaming anti-gay slurs.

Police have arrested a suspect following an attack inside New York City's oldest gay bar.

The attack occurred on the evening of October 11, but Frederick Giunta, 45, wasn't arrested until Friday and he was charged in the assault on Saturday, according to authorities.

It was the second bias attack this month inside a Manhattan gay bar and the latest in what is shaping up as troubling spate of anti-gay crimes in the region according to police.

Investigators said a bartender at the Julius Bar, the city's oldest gay establishment, was attacked by a man who screamed "What are you going to do, you f---ing n-----?" before punching him in the face.

Moments before the shocking attack inside a West Village gay bar, Giunta punched another man in the face on Christopher Street and tried to take his wallet, according to court papers.

Giunta is charged with attempted robbery and third-degree assault as a hate crime.

This crime is the latest in a series of attacks against gay people in the region.

Giunta has history of targeting gay establishments for robberies according to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who said "this vile attack will not be tolerated" and said she would meet with bar-owner to hear what kind of help the city can offer them.
 

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