Manuel Riquelme, 19, Is Facing Multiple Charges Stemming From The Incident

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Just days after attending a rally to denounce attacks on gays in New York City, activist Eugene Lovendusky became a victim.

It happened just after 3 a.m. on Saturday; Lovendusky told 1010 WINS Reporter Sonia Rincon that he was walking down the street with a group of friends when a gang of teenagers approached them from behind and taunted them with a homophobic slur.

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“Instinctively I turned around,  and said something to the effect of ‘You can’t say that to me’, and that earned me a punch in the face,” he said.

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The group, which included Lovendusky’s boyfriend, and another friend was leaving the XL nightclub and were on their way to a nearby subway station, Gothamist reported.

Police eventually tracked the teenagers down in a pizzeria on West 40th Street. Manuel Riquelme, 19, was charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

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