Three gay men physically forced to leave the Siena Restaurant at the Balboa Inn in Newport Beach, Calif., are claiming to that they were victims of a gay bashing. Two people were injured in the fracas and Newport Police are searching for a suspect captured on cellphone video.
The footage, taken April 13, shows a man grabbing and wrestling one of the alleged victims out of the door and then throwing him to the ground. "You've been warned," he says to an alleged victim who lies on the ground, crying in pain. He stays there, unable to get up, sobbing, "It hurts."
NBPD has released a statement on Facebook requesting public assistance in identifying the suspect.
The gay men say that the bartender at the Sienna Restaurant was immediately hostile to them and she proclaimed that one of their identification cards was a fake, reports ABC7. In a lawsuit against the bar, the men say the ID was real and this was a performance to refuse service to gay men.
In other videos taken at the scene, the bartender points to someone and says, "Get them out of here. I don't want to hear it. You need to go." Then the physical violence begins from the suspect, who is believed to be a patron and not an employee.
Management at the Balboa Inn declined to comment.
Newport Beach asked anyone with information to call Detective Rick Henry at (949) 644-3790 or to leave an anonymous message on the department's recorded hotline at (800) 550-NBPD.