Denmark: Radio DJ Beaten Up By A Crowd Of Men In Homophobic Attack

Marcel_Juul_ØstergreenOn Saturday, an openly gay radio host for Denmark’s PopFM was attacked by a group of men because of his sexuality.

According to Gay Star News, Marcel Juul Østergreen and a friend came out of a gay bar where they noticed a man alone in his car on the phone. When the DJ’s friend asked him how he was, the man “flew out of the car” and yelled “Now!”

GSN reports:

“Then it just went quickly,” Østergreen said. “Suddenly there were about 10 young guys around us. My friend was on the ground and tried to protect his face while they kicked and beat him. And then they came at me, and I got one blow after another.”

Once the group relented, Østergreen yelled at his friend to run and they ran into a nearby Burger King where a shocked cashier hid them in the basement and called the police.

Østergreen said: “When I looked at myself in the mirror, I understood why the clerk had reacted so promptly. Blood was flowing out of my head.”

Østergreen suffered a broken tooth and split lip. Police filed a report and took his jacket for DNA samples.

Still recovering, Østergreen was able to bring a little levity to a traumatic situation, joking that “it’s good I’m a radio host and not a TV host—or it would have been expensive makeup for today.”

He later posted on Facebook, “I am appalled and feel deep compassion for the unenlightened wretches!”