This post is brought to you by the letter “H” for “hate.” A man who claims he was sexually abused by Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash was the victim of yet another gay-biased hate crime in New York, which has recently been plagued by a series of violent attacks.
According to the NY Post:
Kevin Kiadii, 25 — who claims that when he was 16 Clash sodomized him — was kicked and punched repeatedly Wednesday night in Prospect Park by five men who yelled anti-gay slurs at him and a pal, sources said yesterday.
“I’ll kill you, faggot,” one of the men said, according to Kiadii.
“I said, ‘You’re disrespecting me,’ ” said Kiaddi, a professional makeup artist.
“He stood up and punched me in the face — straight sucker punch. It hurt.”
Kiadii was able to defend himself with a bottle of perfume, using it as pepper spray on the man who punched him. “If it wasn’t for my Dior bottle, I’d be in so much damage,” he told the Post. Kiadii sustained an injury to his finger, scratches on his arm and face and bruises on his shoulder and ribs before cops arrived. The five men, ages 16-21, were charged with gang assault.
This marks at least the tenth anti-gay attack to occur in recent weeks. On May 17, 32-year-old Mark Carson was shot dead in Greenwich Village by a gunman who hurled homophobic insults at him. Then on Sunday, an unidentified 27-year-old man was punched twice on the J train by a man who made homophobic comments towards him.
As for Kiadii, he’s the fifth man to sue Clash, 52, for sexual abuse; he filed a lawsuit in April alleging that Clash “trolled gay telephone chat-line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.”
Photo: NY Post