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HATE CRIME: Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal’s Son Accused of Attacking Gay Man

Farrah Fawcett’s and Ryan’O’Neal’s son Redmond O’Neal on Thursday was accused of a homophobic hate-crime: He’s being sued by a man who says the late actresses son attacked him, beat him up and called him a gay slurs as he walked on a Los Angeles street in May. 

This is the second lawsuit, in addition to felony criminal charges, filed against O’Neal stemming from an alleged crime spree earlier this year. O’Neal is accused of attacking five men in unprovoked confrontations starting on May 2 through May 5. Two of the five men were seriously injured, with one man found in a pool of blood with stab wounds to his face and upper body.

Ken Fox on Thursday at his lawyer Gloria Allred’s Los Angeles office announced his lawsuit alleging assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of civil rights, negligence, loss of consortium and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Fox said that he was headed to a nearby laundromat, when he saw a young man approaching dressed in a hoodie and carrying a bottle in a paper bag.

Fox said the man snarled, “What are you looking at,” adding a common gay slur. “I was not dressed provocatively. All I did was look up when I saw him approach me.” 

Fox said the slur the man used amounts to “hate speech” and is “just one of many offensive terms used to make gay men feel ashamed of themselves.”  

He said the man, later identified by police as O’Neal, rushed at him, bashed him on the nose with a beer bottle, then stood over him as he lay on the ground bleeding. He said the man continued to taunt him with slurs, throwing punches and threatening to hit him with the bottle.

“I felt trapped. I literally thought I was going to die,” Fox said.

O’Neal was later arrested; prosecutors have filed one count of attempted murder against O’Neal, plus two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of brandishing a knife and one count of battery, all related to the alleged crime spree.

O’Neal was left a total of $4.5 million by this mother, according to the late actress’s trust documents and has a long history of legal troubles and was last in prison in 2016 for a heroin-related incident.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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