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Watch: Spartanburg, SC Man Says Bar Mob Broke Bottles on His Face, Called Him Anti-Gay Slurs

Police are investigating an alleged anti-gay attack at a bar in Spartanburg, South Carolina in which a man says he was assaulted by a group of men, WSPA reports:

Fuller Fuller, a 22-year-old gay man from Spartanburg, was hanging out at Sideline's Sports & Spirit's early Sunday morning and "minding [his] business."

"This dude came out of nowhere and poured this whole pitcher of beer on me," Fuller said as he explained how the beating began. From there, he said he turned around only to be hit in the head with a beer bottle. As more men joined in, they broke more bottles on his face, sliced his arm, and spewed anti-gay slurs.

Fuller recalls them shouting, "I hate you faggots and ... you punks are sick. And all ya'll going to die slow."

Fuller said the club's security kicked him and the men from the bar, but he says they didn't call police, and instead, allowed the men to leave. The security, Fuller said, tried to make him leave, too.

Fuller went to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Police officers failed to take a report until days later when Fuller went to the station with his family, and no police were called to the bar where the alleged assault took place.

Surveillance video was released but has no sound.

Qnotes reports: "[Lt. Regina] Nowak told qnotes via phone Thursday afternoon that some details of Fuller’s original account don’t match video surveillance and later statements he made to police. In particular, Nowak said there are some instances where Fuller might have antagonized potential suspects in the bar. She also said Fuller admitted to police that he taunted one potential suspect after he says the man called him an anti-gay slur."

South Carolina does not have an LGBT hate crimes law.

Watch an interview and report, as well as the surveillance video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Surveillance video from inside the bar:

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  1. I am so ashamed to live in this backwards ass hick bigoted state.This incident just makes me even MORE ashamed to live in S.C.

    Posted by: Michael | May 4, 2011 8:00:55 PM

  2. The surveillance video is cut and spliced together with the first obvious point of cut and splice being 0:27-0:28

    The police need to release ALL footage

    Posted by: | May 4, 2011 8:07:26 PM

  3. So verbally fighting back is a bad thing now?

    Posted by: Steve | May 4, 2011 8:13:45 PM

  4. I'm sorry, but I couldn't make it through the video. Too much stupidity. Given the stories we've heard from S. Carolina in terms of hate crimes recently, I 100% take Mr. Fuller at his word until proven otherwise. Just another example of a backwards culture that leads to irrational hate and violent behavior.

    Posted by: Francis | May 4, 2011 8:18:18 PM

  5. Fight back. Never give up, don't let injustice win. Fight back.

    Posted by: X | May 4, 2011 8:29:02 PM

  6. I don't get it, didn't the Matthew Shepard hate crime act pass federally?
    Then why does it matter now if a state doesn't have a hate crime law?
    Can someone explain to me please.

    Posted by: E.N. | May 4, 2011 8:36:04 PM

  7. i was attacked by a group of thugs up here in liberal seattle, and the police i talked to were homophobic douchebags. very similar story.

    the police asked me tricky questions to get me to contradict myself, asked me what i did to provoke the attack, etc. refused to look for the suspects, and tried to persuade me from filing a hate crimes report.

    if fuller's testamony is contradictory, it's probably because the police went out of their way to trip him up.

    Posted by: dh | May 4, 2011 8:41:55 PM

  8. I can't believe their counter statement suggests that because he reacted AFTER being called an anti-gay slur, he might be at fault for the ensuing assault against him.

    Jesus Christ...

    Posted by: Luminum | May 4, 2011 8:57:41 PM


    Posted by: Shannon | May 5, 2011 12:49:35 AM

  10. He was just dancing. And he got beat down for it.

    Posted by: kodiak | May 5, 2011 7:42:57 AM

  11. So if the LBGT community start keeping guns on them and protecting themselve then will they make some laws.

    Posted by: red | May 7, 2011 10:27:38 AM

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