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Missoula, Montana Anti-Gay Hate Crime Was Fabricated: Police - VIDEO


An update on the anti-gay assault that was reported to have happened over the weekend in Missoula, Montana.

Joseph Baken, of Billings, had reported to police that he was beaten by three men after spending the evening at the Missoula Club and asking for the location of a gay bar. Now police say they have new information they are following up on and believe that the incident was fabricated.

The Missoula Independent reports:

...the Missoula Independent and MPD obtained video footage that shows Baken doing a backflip on Higgins Avenue and sustaining the injuries, lacerations to his face, that have been depicted on social media sites, during the landing.

Baken will likely be charged for making a false report, according to police. Baken's alleged story spread quickly on the web yesterday after the Wipeout Homophobia Facebook page posted his photo.

Watch the video footage, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATED. "Joseph Baken pleaded guilty this afternoon in Missoula Municipal Court to charges of filing a false police report. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a $300 fine. The jail time was suspended."

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  1. what a sh*thead.

    Posted by: jacksonhumboldt | Aug 7, 2012 5:37:29 PM

  2. second the motion.

    Posted by: yadda | Aug 7, 2012 5:40:24 PM

  3. I don't quite understand these sorts of things. It only makes it that much harder for gay people who are really victims to get justice. Is it just for the attention?

    Posted by: Nathan | Aug 7, 2012 5:40:42 PM

  4. Good enough.

    Posted by: KDNA | Aug 7, 2012 5:41:32 PM

  5. I wish they could jail this guy. How many people in that area will now be disbelieved because of this guy. What an incredible a**hole.

    Posted by: Adam | Aug 7, 2012 5:41:35 PM

  6. @NATHAN

    I don't get it either. Why... why would you do this.

    Posted by: DMZ | Aug 7, 2012 5:44:50 PM

  7. I wonder where the investigation is at of that lesbian who had zip ties on hands and feet and claimed 3 men attacked her. Remember she crawled to the neighbors at like 4am. Also they spray painted slurs on her basement walls? There was gasoline but they couldn't get a fire started, wasn't that part of it? Where did that happen again?

    Posted by: StraightGrandmother | Aug 7, 2012 5:47:32 PM

  8. Stupid stupid boy...if that is him.

    Posted by: DanSwon | Aug 7, 2012 5:48:58 PM

  9. when i noticed his nose when unscathed by the supposed attack I thought something was fishy, but i thought i'd keep my mouth shut and give him the benefit of doubt.

    Posted by: Shawn | Aug 7, 2012 6:02:15 PM

  10. What is wrong with these people? Are they really gay? Or right wing plants? GoProud folks? I just don't get it at all. Sure you get a few minutes of fame, but they're always found out, and then they should be pariahs for life.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 7, 2012 6:03:18 PM

  11. Sane people don't do things like this; I suspect some form of mental illness is involved.

    Posted by: StarGem | Aug 7, 2012 6:03:39 PM

  12. The only thing I can think of is that these kids have NO idea how good they've got it these days and they do next to nothing to further the LGBT causes except follow Lady Gaga around. This may be the closest thing they have to marching for pride or whatever the rest of us grew up doing. Way to go moron, thanks for invalidating a thousand other LGBT assaults with one foolish incident.

    Posted by: DrJWL | Aug 7, 2012 6:03:41 PM

  13. Thanks a lot man...... just like the people who cry "rape!" and were never touched- makes it so much harder for actual victims to be believed.

    Posted by: scott | Aug 7, 2012 6:06:08 PM

  14. Certainly there is something satisfying about watching him faceplant while attempting that backflip, now that we know his story is bogus.

    Posted by: Joel | Aug 7, 2012 6:06:14 PM

  15. What a sick guy. Here we all were feeling sorry for him yesterday and it turns out he's just a famewh0re wanting attention and sympathy. Are people really THIS starved for attention these days that they would stoop to this level and lie about something so serious? Sick.

    Posted by: Lying Pig | Aug 7, 2012 6:08:42 PM

  16. thanks for tuning in our show, "Drunk Kids Doing Stupid Things for Attention." Having said that, this kid need to do several hundred of hours doing community service for his false allegations and reporting.

    Posted by: cruz | Aug 7, 2012 6:10:34 PM

  17. Thanks assh*le for making it harder for the rest of us to be taken seriously now.

    Posted by: Watcher | Aug 7, 2012 6:11:01 PM

  18. I know this is bad, wrong, and horrible - I KNOW it is - but now I'd like to bash him myself.

    Posted by: DG | Aug 7, 2012 6:20:28 PM

  19. I wish we could kick him out of the club. Make him do community service tending to those who have really been hurt. Dirt wad

    Posted by: Jayson | Aug 7, 2012 6:24:22 PM

  20. I suspected this was a fake. This guy claimed that he walked into a random Missoula bar and told patrons he was gay and looking for a gay bar. As if that has ever happened anywhere and as if he wouldn't simply run a google search to find a gay bar. Ridiculous. In addition to being a fraud and a moron, this guy wears pink pants. Way to promote stereotypes!

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 7, 2012 6:30:34 PM

  21. What a total assh*le,I wish they could jail him. It's people like him who give the gay community a bad name.

    Posted by: Peter M. | Aug 7, 2012 6:35:06 PM

  22. Good. I am glad nobody get beat up for being gay anymore.

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Aug 7, 2012 6:36:24 PM

  23. I'm not surprised. A couple of weeks before Obama finally evolved on gay marriage you, left-wingers, were telling each other that it would be better if remained anti-gay-marriage, cause it can cost him re-election, Supreme Court nominations, and so on and so forth. So, I asked if there's anything you wouldn't do to help Obama's re-election. And one of the regulars here admitted that he would do anything, he would lie, he would cheat, he would deny he is gay in order to help the Democrats. So, one of you decided to do just that for the cause. But got caught!

    Posted by: AG | Aug 7, 2012 6:37:24 PM

  24. I thought there was something fishy based on the three hour lag between "attack" and report. He needs.... ugh.

    Posted by: Rev. Verdon Coleman | Aug 7, 2012 6:43:48 PM

  25. Wait...the video was uploaded to YouTube AND he tried to claim a false attack. Initially, he did it for the attention, kids do that sometimes, they don't understand the power of their words/actions, and they want to be in the spotlight in our 15-minutes-of-fame world. He does seem to be a kid.
    But if he knew the video was being posted publicly online, then he is really dumb. Makes me feel even worse

    Posted by: Mike C. | Aug 7, 2012 6:46:18 PM

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