HATE CRIMES

Porn Star Edin Sol in Violent Gay Bashing, NYC’s 3rd in One Week

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New York saw its third homophobic attack in one week as two men were savagely beaten Friday night by a group of men near Port Authority.

Though the victims were not identified, a Queerty reader tipped us off that one of the men was Lucas Entertainment model and performer Edin Sol.

“I’m still in recovery after this malevolent attack,” Sol told Queerty. “I can’t get over this situation and the fact it still happens. I feel in shock and unsafe going out anymore until someone does something about it.”

According to CBS New York:

At around 5 a.m. Friday, the two men tried to get into an after-hours billiards hall on West 32nd Street but were not let in, police said. They were then approached by a group of approximately five others who proceeded to shout anti-gay slurs and beat the men, police said.

The men tried to get away, but the suspects followed them to the PATH station entrance where the attack continued, police said.

Both Sol and his companion were rushed to the hospital with severe facial injuries and Sol had to undergo eye surgery.

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A few days earlier on May 5, Nick Porto and Kevin Atkins were walking arm-in-arm when they were attacked by a group of men near Madison Square Garden after a Knicks playoff game. Another assault took place in Greenwich Village earlier this week.

“There was a time when our city was plagued with hate crimes. We are never going back to that place,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “That is not what New York is about.”

Asllan Berisha, 21, and Brian Ramirez, 21, both New York City residents, were arrested and charged with a hate crime, but the other three men fled. The victims asked police to release their photos to enlist the public’s help in finding their attackers.

The streets do not seem to be very safe,” Sol added. “I’m very worried about my friends or anybody else who can get hurt.”