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Gang Demanded They Kiss. They Said No, and Beating Began

Gay couple says attack took place on London bus
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2019 2:00 PM CDT
Updated Jun 7, 2019 2:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Police in London have arrested four teenagers after an alleged homophobic attack on two gay women on a public bus, reports the Guardian. The high-profile incident already has drawn the condemnation of some of Britain's biggest public officials. The women say the men harassed them with lewd comments, ordered them to kiss, then physically assaulted them when they refused. The details:

  • Melania Geymonat, 28, says she and her girlfriend, Chris, were on a date on May 30 and were riding on the top deck of a double-decker bus when the group of young men figured out they were a same-sex couple. "They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we [kiss] so they could enjoy watching, calling us 'lesbians' and describing sexual positions," Geymonat wrote in a Facebook post. The post includes an image of the women with bloodied faces.
  • Geymonat, who also spoke to the BBC, says she tried to lighten the mood with jokes, but then Chris started getting beaten, and so she jumped into the fray herself. "The next thing I know is I'm being punched," she writes. "I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back," she adds. "I don't remember whether or not I lost consciousness."

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