A gay couple who were beaten by a group of people in Philadelphia last month are speaking out for the first time.
The couple., whose identifies have not been made public, had a statement read by supporters at a rally held at the Bucks County Courthouse this week.
‘Everyone keeps saying that they are sorry this happened to us. But the truth is, we’re sorry. We feel sorry for our attackers – people who believed it was OK, cool, maybe even funny, to use two innocent individuals as their punching bags and not even have the decency to apologize. Words are powerful. A simple, I’m sorry, would’ve went a long way with us,’ they stated.
The couple’s statement added: ‘You butchered my boyfriend’s beautiful face. You violated our rights. You jeopardized our health and safety in a city that we love and during a time where so much progress around human rights has been made. … We are also determined to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else again.
‘It stops here. It stops today. It stops now.’
Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott (pictured), and Philip Williams are scheduled for a 16 December preliminary hearing.
Knott is the daughter of Chalfont, Bucks County, Police Chief Karl Knott and had posted a number of homophobic tweets in recent years.
The suspects were allegedly part of a larger group that approached, on 11 September, the couple.
‘Is this your fucking boyfriend,’ someone in the group asked.
The gay men, both in their late 20s, were taken to hospital after the suspects allegedly punched them in the face, head, and chest. One victim sustained facial injuries, including an orbital fracture and wired jaw.
Harrigan, Knott, and Williams face the following charges: aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.
Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania have hate crime laws, but neither sexual orientation or gender expression are listed in the statutes.