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Update: Lesbian victims reportedly started fight during Atlanta Pride

Alleged assault occurred outside the W Atlanta - Midtown during the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2012

Update - 10/16/12 at 5:30 p.m.:

According to the GA Voice, a Fulton County Sheriff's Department report indicates that it was the alleged victims in the original story who initiated the confrontation outside the W Atlanta - Midtown by calling one of the alleged assailants, a woman, a "stripper."

The report also states the two females, who claimed to be victims of a hate crime, "appeared to be moderately intoxicated" and both women confirmed to authorities that they had been drinking. Read here for more.

UPDATE - 10/15/12 at 5:00 p.m.: An incident report was filed with the Fulton County Sherriff’s Department. That report has not been released but is expected to be later Monday evening or on Tuesday. Check back with Patch for updates.

Original Story - 10/15/12: The 42nd Annual Atlanta Pride Festival is in the books and by the looks of Sunday’s annual Pride Parade, a good time was had by all.

Well, almost everyone as FOX 5 News reports here that a lesbian couple said they were aggressively attacked and pushed to the ground by a pair of men outside the W Atlanta - Midtown hotel over the weekend.

The women tell the news outlet they were disappointed onlookers did not offer assistance during what they described as a hate crime.

How did you feel the Atlanta Pride Festival event went as Midtown and Piedmont Park once again were ground zero for a festival weekend that brought tens of thousands of visitors to the area?

Were party-goers mostly respectful of the neighborhood? Were Midtown residents welcoming to the visitors? Share your thoughts and your weekend Pride pics, too.

Marky October 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Young black males perhaps?
Marc Acampora October 15, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Marky, that's my line, but, I wait for the facts to be reported. I do it to highlight a clear problematic trend. But it is unwise to jump to conclusions. Problems with the story: 1) No description of perps. 2) The reporter referred to this as a "hate crime" and a crime of "discrimination". Who was discriminated against? What leads to the conclusion that they were targeted for their sexual orientation? 3) The camera shows the woman in jeans' torn knees. But, those jeans have many holes and it is clear that the holes in the knees are part of the style, not a result of the attack. That is sensationalism and weakens the story. It is unfortunate that they were attacked. Report the facts of the attack, including a description of the perps and the words exchanged, and let the police, with possible tips from the community, help solve the crime, instead of hyping up the "hate crime" stuff.
John Henderson October 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This story has too many "holes" in it and not to believed at all. The cab drivers less then 5 feet away saw no confrontation. The W security team was outside and directly across the street the plain clothes policeman saw no confrontation. Several people saw the 2 arguing as they left piedmont walking up 14th. Just an attention grab.
John Henderson October 15, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Shame on Fox5 on a slow news night to hype this story ....... it's more of on the CBS46 sleeze level.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Just to clarify, the Atlanta Police Department says there was no police report filed regarding this alleged incident.
sw October 15, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I stay away from the W Midtown; it's often a hangout for thugs. It's also ugly as hell imho.
Cassandra October 15, 2012 at 02:18 PM
sloppy drunk lesbians mouthed off and got a reaction. No hate crime, just typical drunks
Van Gogh October 15, 2012 at 04:23 PM
To answer the original question "Were party-goers mostly respectful of the neighborhood?", yes, I suppose so, but on my way home Saturday night at the corner of 14th & Juniper, I saw a group of revelers, one of which was verbally accosting other passersby, then thrusting his hips at them in a plainly suggestive manner after they walked by, yelling at cars, then tearing his t-shirt off, (plainly drunk and desperate to be noticed). It's this kind of obnoxious crap that I can't stand.
Midtown Resident October 15, 2012 at 05:14 PM
The W was packed with gays for the weekend. Hard to believe gays staying at an uber gay-friendly hotel in a safe, gay-friendly area with hundreds of other gays for Pride 2012 would be assaulted for any reason...there, with valet/cabs/security/bystanders nearby.
Drewboo October 15, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Thats typical interaction in the Ponce area especially at gas station intersections...
Drewboo October 15, 2012 at 06:21 PM
While hate crimes do occur in all shapes and forms, and should be taken seriously, I would advise not to cry wolf everytime you stub your toe or skin your knee while lesbian. If it was a hate crime, that's one thing, but shame on the news for reporting as such with no supporting evidence.
Van Gogh October 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Yeah, I know, but this wasn't anywere near Ponce.
Van Gogh October 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
anywhere...
Tim October 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
And you know this how?
silva southavong October 16, 2012 at 01:32 AM
i was actually outside when the incident happened.. and people were hesitant to help bc the two women were picking a fight with these two other woman sitting outside and a man came over to tell them to leave, they punched him in the face!! if you ask me these woman are seeking attention and shame on the news for even reporting this
Urbanist October 16, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Wait - a group of people who promote a public parade where people dress in drag and other highly inappropriate costumes that would be considered unacceptable to the vast majority of people in this country, and then complain about how they're not accepted by the vast majorities of this country, caused a scene that you would expect to occur in a trailer park? Shocking.
John Henderson October 16, 2012 at 02:55 PM
a review of video from across 14th shows both women walking up 14th from piedmont with no attackm on the women evident before moving out of the frame at the garage entrance for Colony Square. As of today NO police report was filed and the W has NO report in their security incident reports.
Tim October 16, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Spoken like a true unaccepted person.
sw October 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Dear Urbanist: The overwhelming majority of paraders and marchers were not in drag or doing anything remotely inappropriate. There is fringe in every demographic including the straight people.
John Henderson October 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Why was the report filed with the Fulton County once they got home ??? Atlanta Polica were within minutes if 911 would have been called including an undercover team already in the neighborhood. No time or attention needs to be given to this nonsense from these ladies.
John Sarine October 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM
I'd like to hate-crime all the stupid comments to this "story"
Urbanist October 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM
No doubt about it, but it's isolated and condemned, not paraded around on a float. Believe me, I would love to see the gay and straight community of Atlanta find a way to co-exist, but both sides make it too difficult. On one side you have a bunch of super republican good ol boys who get uncomfortable hanging out at a place that isn't a dive bar full of over-dressed, under-educated, beautiful women falling off of stools, and on the other you have a community full of people who actively work to isolate themselves away from the very community they complain about being outcasts from. There's certainly some middle ground...
aposter October 17, 2012 at 06:35 PM
So if the lesbians called the other woman a stripper and began the incident, is it considered a hate crime by them since the sexual orientation and attire of the victims was a factor?
Ikeahacker October 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Can you please sign my petition to stop with black male crime in Downtown and Midtown and please send it to your friends. https://www.change.org/petitions/help-improve-the-quality-of-life-in-downtown-atlanta-the-community

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