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A suspect in a brutal New York City attack says his actions weren't a hate crime because, like the victim, he is gay.
On Friday night, police arrested Anthony Bray, 21, who confessed to attacking Damian Furtch, 26, outside of a Greenwich Village McDonald's. But according to Bray, his pummeling of Furtch was not a bias attack, it was simply the result of disrespectful treatment from the victim.
According to the NY Daily News, Furtch is "furious" that Bray, who is homeless and has been previously arrested for robbery, graffiti, and marijuana possession, was only charged with misdemeanor assault.
"The fact that the attacker in custody alleges he is gay does not change the fact that he shouted anti-gay slurs while attacking me," the 6-foot-4 Furtch said in a statement. "I look forward to the criminal trial where all of the accurate details will come out."
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