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Antigay? My Ass, Says Accused Attacker

Antigay? My Ass, Says Accused Attacker


A British woman accused of an antigay attack offered the unusual defense of showing a picture of a tattoo on her buttocks that she says symbolizes support for LGBT causes, reports London's Daily Telegraph.

Lauren Proverbs (pictured) was accused of punching Gina Landon and using antigay epithets toward her while both were waiting in line at a fast-food restaurant in the town of Borehamwood, near London, last January. In court earlier this month, Proverbs admitted to throwing the punch but said it was in self-defense -- that Landon and her party, which included her girlfriend and the girlfriend's sister, were being aggressive toward Proverbs and her companion.

Proverbs also produced a photograph of a rainbow-hued, flower-shaped tattoo that she said indicated her support for LGBT rights. She said she got the tattoo on her derriere in Spain in 2008 while she was in a lesbian relationship.

The jurors were unable to reach a verdict that Proverbs had caused bodily harm to Landon. Prosecutor Alison Ginn, after consulting with Landon, told Judge Stephen Farrell that she would not seek a retrial, and he recorded a verdict of not guilty.

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