NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) — Authorities say a man spat anti-gay and racist insults as he punched a patron at a prominent Greenwich Village gay bar. The incident is the latest in a string of alleged gay-bashing cases in the city in recent weeks.

Frederick Giunta was being held Monday on $25,000 bail after his weekend arraignment on hate-crime assault and other charges.

Police say the victim was trying to defuse a dispute between Giunta and another man on Oct. 11 at Julius’. The tavern located at West 10th and Waverly Place is New York’s oldest gay bar and the oldest bar in Greenwich Village.

Earlier this month, Bronx gang members were accused of beating and torturing four people in an anti-gay rage. Two men were accused of a gay-bashing in the men’s room at Stonewall Inn, a gay rights landmark.

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