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Couple allegedly
gay-bashed in Scottsdale

Couple allegedly
gay-bashed in Scottsdale

A gay couple were reportedly beaten by as many as seven men outside a restaurant in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Sunday, reports The Arizona Republic. Police said they are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

Jean Rolland and Andrew Frost said they were holding hands as they left Frasher's Steakhouse late Sunday. They were humiliated and beaten in the restaurant's entryway.

Frost, 19, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he received several staples to treat a wound on his scalp and several stitches to seal other wounds to his face. Rolland, 28, suffered minor injuries.

The men, who had been dating for a couple of weeks, are seeking to press charges against their attackers--none of whom had been arrested as of Monday afternoon, according to Scottsdale police. "My only hope is that they're going to brag about it and tell their friends how tough they were," said Rolland, a native of France who lives part-time in Scottsdale. "How tough is it to use seven guys to take on two guys, including one 19-year-old who weighs 120 pounds?"

Frost, a Scottsdale resident, told the Republic the attack was the second he endured in the past three years. When he was 16, he said, he was attacked by two teens and an adult in Mesa. One used an aluminum baseball bat. The Sunday night incident was upsetting, he said, because no one from the restaurant said they saw anything, though the attack happened only a few feet from the front door. (The Advocate)

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