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Lesbian beaten by girlfriend’s brother on Thanksgiving says it wasn’t a hate crime

Lesbian beaten by girlfriend’s brother on Thanksgiving says it wasn’t a hate crime

A 23-year-old Alabama woman severely beaten by her girlfriend’s brother on Thanksgiving Day has left the hospital and says he did not attack her because she’s gay.

‘I’m okay, I’m good,’ Mallory Owens tells WKRG News. ‘Just a bad bad night.’

Owens was treated at USA Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, for severe injuries to her face. Travis Hawkins, Jr., turned himself in to police on Sunday (25 November) and he faces second-degree assault charges. His sister, Ally Hawkins, is Owens’ girlfriend.

Friends and family of Owens took to Facebook and the news media this week sharing photos of her injuries, claiming the beating was a hate crime, and demanding more severe charges be filed.

But Owens and her girlfriend are downplaying the incident.

‘A lot of things have happened between us, but it doesn’t make me hate her brother,’ Owens says. ‘I don’t hate her family at all, or anybody for that matter.’

Says Ally Hawkins: ‘It’s not a hate crime at all. We both know the reason why this happened, and it doesn’t make any excuses for him, I’m not defending him at all. I know why he was angry, and that will come out.’