Early Sunday morning in Los Angeles's Hollywood neighborhood, adult actor Cole Connor was beaten by a group of men. The Falcon | NakedSword Studios exclusive alleges that while going to a friend's car to retrieve his ID, a group of six men attacked him.
Connor — the moniker is his stage name — has lived in the Los Angeles area since 2006. He made a name for himself after launching his OnlyFans account in October 2020 and then starting to film studio work in December of that year. A few months ago he moved from West Hollywood.
"I love it here," he tells The Advocate of the recent relocation. "Everything has been perfect. Well, except for this."
Connor said that Saturday night, while a group of his friends went to a local circuit party, he initially decided to stay in with another friend who was visiting town. But as that party began to close, the groups decided to meet up at an after-hours party around 3 a.m. that was only about five blocks from his apartment. Another friend drove, but when they arrived at the door of the party, Connor realized he had dropped his ID in the car while looking for his proof of vaccination. So he grabbed the keys and went back to the vehicle alone.
"I go up to it and I can see my ID in the seat through the window," he says. "There had been a bunch of guys hanging out in front of the car, and as soon as I open the door they like charged me and were yelling 'What the fuck are you doing in my car?' 'Get the fuck away from my car.'"
Connor says he tried to jump inside the car and close the door behind him but the men stopped him, dragging him out and onto the sidewalk. He says they began hitting him on his head. Eventually, Connor was able to get back to his feet and tried to defend himself before running, but his hamstrings "seized" and he fell down again.
"It felt like a bad dream where your legs don't work when you're trying to get away from something," he says. The men continued to hit him, and one appeared with a bat. As the group argued over whether to use it, a car pulled up with three strangers inside.
"They just said, 'Hey, do you need help? Get in, get in,'" Connor recalls. He said he crawled over and the passersby drove him home.
Connor says he does not know why he was attacked. He says no antigay slurs were used and that he thinks "they just wanted to beat someone up." In the days since, he's posted multiple videos and photos to social media revealing bruised thighs as well as two black eyes. Visits to specialists have also discovered a badly sprained ankle and an ocular fracture that will require surgery within the next few days. As he was carrying his phone and his wallet in his hands, he lost both during the incident, though Find My iPhone has shown the phone had been moved.
Connor did report the attack to police. The Advocate has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for a statement on the investigation.