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Alleged gay assault at Atlantic Station

Possible conflicting reports concerning how public safety personnel responded after a gay man reported being punched in the face.

Details surrounding an alleged assault on a gay man Saturday night as he exited an Atlantic Station parking garage were still emerging Monday afternoon.

As Project Q Atlanta reported, the victim was at the mixed-use development to attend the gay-friendly Fenuxe Fire Party in the former Fox Sports Grill space. The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m.

According to the Atlanta Police, the 50-year-old victim said he was walking in the west district area of Atlantic Station when he asked a male and female couple for directions. The white male then reportedly asked him, “Are you gay?” When the victim replied that he was, he said the man knocked him to the ground with a punch to the face, striking his head as he fell.

The assailant then fled on foot and there have been no arrests.

According to APD spokesperson Sgt. Curtis Davenport, the victim, who suffered minor injuries, initially told the officer that “it was not a big deal” and did not want medical treatment. Later, a Grady Hospital ambulance transported him to Emory University Hospital Midtown for treatment.

LGBT Liaison Senior Patrol Officer Brian Sharp was advised of the incident, which remains under investigation.

There have been allegations that the Atlantic Station public safety officer initially involved following the incident was slow to take action and even attempted to eject the victim. But Atlantic Station Management has said proper protocol was followed as officials continue to investigate the case and examine video tape. In a released statement:

"In the case of Saturday's incident, witnesses have given both Atlantic Station Public Safety officers and APD officers conflicting information. … Our own public safety officers handled the incident according to protocol and were respectful to all parties involved. The safety of all guests at Atlantic Station is our top priority.”

The alleged bigoted assault came just a few nights before Atlantic Station is set to host a National Night Out event to heighten crime awareness and promote keeping neighborhoods safe.

Atlanta-based Fenuxe Magazine is a resource for gays and lesbians looking for news, travel, events, style, entertainment, the arts, and gay-friendly businesses, products, and services. Stated Atlantic Station Management:

"We are committed to serving the diverse Midtown neighborhood, including the LGBT community, a commitment that has been demonstrated by our partnership with events such as the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus Big Wig Party and the Fenuxe Magazine Best of Atlanta Fire Party and the diversity in our own management team."

Charles Boehmig August 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM
What kind of an asshole does something like that?
ChadK August 06, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Atlanta has been becoming less and less gay friendly. It's sad.
Chris H August 06, 2012 at 09:25 PM
He was probably trying to show how macho he is in front of his lady friend. Hopefully she will see what a giant douchebag he is and report him to police.
AlwaysGettingBetter August 06, 2012 at 10:32 PM
He saw someone weaker and wanted to dominate. He'll get his...A-holes always do.
Clicker August 07, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Something smells fishy...
Nate August 07, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I don't think we're getting the full story here. No one would punch someone in public in the face just for asking for directions. I'm not saying the man deserved it, but is it possible that something else went on that's not part of the story?
Clicker August 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Very possible. Read the link in the story, esp. the second and third paragraphs: "In a statement released late Sunday, an Atlantic Station spokesperson—Elizabeth Hagin of Wilbert News Strategies—said witnesses provided conflicting accounts of the incident, which took place on Saturday evening. “The safety of all guests at Atlantic Station is our top priority,” Hagin said in an email statement on Sunday. “Witnesses have given both Atlantic Station Public Safety officers and APD officers conflicting information regarding this incident. We are currently cooperating in the investigation.”" Something smells fishy indeed - let's not jump to conclusions.
clancey August 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Clicker, The portion you quoted is referring to how the matter was handled by the security guard and the off-duty APD officer. No one has questioned whether or not this happened as Nate is questioning. I'm curious as to why this article is entitled "alleged" when two facts are obvious; The man is gay and he was assaulted. Nothing alleged about that.
Clicker August 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
You're wrong. Read it again. And it is alleged as every crime is until proven in court, regardless of how 'obvious' the facts are to you.
clancey August 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Not wrong. Your quote is about how it was handled by Atlantic Station and APD off-duty officer, not the actual assault. The crime is not alleged; it happened. Saying that someone did it, stating their name, would be alleged.
Jim Thomas August 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The individual who was gay tried to hit on the man. He didn't ask for directions. Maybe he got what he deserved?!?! That's why initially he refused medical care cause he was in the wrong.
clancey August 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
"Jim Thomas 8 minutes ago The individual who was gay tried to hit on the man. He didn't ask for directions. Maybe he got what he deserved?!?! That's why initially he refused medical care cause he was in the wrong." Would you care to share exactly where you got this information from?
bush August 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
hmmmmm Perhaps they used to deal with each other and he didn't want the guy to say anything in front of the dame
GayRepublican August 09, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Speaking of the Atlantic Station Public Safety, My roommate was outside sitting down on some steps after watching a movie there about 2 weeks ago. He was approached by an Atlantic Station Public Safety officer who was very rude and demanded that he leave. My roomie informed the officer that he had just paid to see a movie and was waiting for his friends to come out of the restroom and then they were going to get something to eat. The officer became more rude and called the Atlanta Police on him. My roommate is a professional 29 yr old male that always goes to the movies there and has now said he will never return. Way to go Atlantic Station. Sounds like from the above article that they need to restructure their public safety department.
SIM August 09, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The only reason to go to Atlantic Station is Target. Get there before 11:00 a.m. and you will be fine. Other than that, no reason what so ever.

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