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Denver Man Brutally Beaten in Labor Day Anti-Gay Attack: VIDEO


Police in Denver are investigating the brutal attack on 23-year-old Jared Olson as an anti-gay hate crime, ABC7 reports:

The 23-year-old Olson told 7NEWS he and two friends were leaving Sam's Hookah Lounge at 2370 W. Alameda Ave. about 2 a.m. Monday when he and a gay friend were attacked by a man in a group of men in the parking lot calling them gay slurs.

Olson said one man followed the trio when they got in their car, then pulled open the door to the back seat where Olsen and his friend, who's also gay, were seated. The attacker repeatedly punched Olson in the face and also struck his friend. The male friend who was in the driver's seat was not harmed.

Olson said the beating left him covered in blood, with broken bones in his face that will require reconstructive surgery. He also had several teeth knocked out and chipped.

Reconstructive surgery could cost Olson $50,000, he says, and he doesn't have insurance. Friends have created a Facebook page to support Olson.


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  1. One attacker against THREE others!!! It's time to fight back and not just sit there and be beaten! Come on already!

    Posted by: Really? | Sep 4, 2013 9:40:45 AM

  2. It'd be nice to have more details on how to help this kid, has a donation fund been set up?

    We tell these kids it gets better and then we aren't there for them? lets show him our support.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 4, 2013 10:14:37 AM

  3. When these miserable creatures are found and tried and convicted, cannot they be required to pay the guy's reconstructive surgery costs, the reason for which THEY created??

    Posted by: JakeAZ | Sep 4, 2013 10:27:36 AM

  4. @JakeAZ

    "When 'these' miserable creatures are found"

    There was only one guy that followed them to their car and beat them. One against three and still it was like shooting fish in a barrel. UGH! Fight back people!

    Posted by: Really | Sep 4, 2013 10:34:14 AM

  5. Somethings fishy.....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Sep 4, 2013 10:56:57 AM

  6. Not to be (too) cynical but why is it so many attacks against gays seem to happen at 2-3-4am coming out of some bar?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Sep 4, 2013 11:06:19 AM

  7. I see victim shaming in this thread. It's easy to daydream about how you would react until it happens to you in real life. I'm guessing none of you know any more about the circumstances under which these guys were attacked other than what you read in this little news snippit, so take your judgments with a grain of salt and have some pity for this guy who will need reconstructive surgery from an obviously brutal attack.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 4, 2013 11:32:12 AM

  8. k, so the guy that got beaten up can identify the assailant, (said the news guy a the end) so why not bring a sketch artist in & blast the picture everywhere?

    Posted by: tim | Sep 4, 2013 11:37:43 AM

  9. @Mike Ryan

    You're not just being cynical, but ethically irresponsible.

    Posted by: BenR | Sep 4, 2013 11:48:53 AM

  10. and in moments like this i am so relieved to be Canadian. Only in America can you get beaten to a pulp by a hateful criminal and then be faced with an extraordinary, and INSULTINGLY HIGH, hospital bill.

    the anti-gay hate attack is bad enough. the healthcare system that drains money from the victim is, frankly, even f***ing worse.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 4, 2013 11:49:41 AM

  11. Before you judge, at least be compassionate. These attacks can happen very fat.

    Posted by: Rob West | Sep 4, 2013 11:56:26 AM

  12. fast........

    Posted by: Rob West | Sep 4, 2013 11:57:11 AM

  13. @Tim -

    Today's super PC media doesn't want to offend anyone. The assailant was black. Whenever they don't release a description, it almost always means they're black.

    Posted by: Jameson | Sep 4, 2013 1:23:13 PM

  14. LMAO Jameson! Fox news is 'super pc' hahahahaha! You're so dumb! And to do it on the same day that McCain is calling out 2 newscasters for stiring up islamaphobia!!

    PC!!! Hahhahahahahaha!!

    Posted by: Rowan | Sep 4, 2013 1:40:14 PM

  15. Rowan - did you see yesterday's news about the attack in Cleveland - a "group of youths" that beat up some gay guy? At first, no one was reporting it. But if you dig a little deeper...same thing there.

    Posted by: NYCer | Sep 4, 2013 2:07:04 PM

  16. I know this person... =(

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 5, 2013 12:38:50 AM

  17. May these pieces of dirt heteros get cancer and may ALL their children get cancer.

    Posted by: T.J | Sep 5, 2013 7:58:20 AM

  18. Ghetto filthy THUGS

    Posted by: Julio | Sep 5, 2013 7:58:32 AM

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