A gay couple was bashed over the head with a wooden chair, knocked to the ground and kicked by two men hurling anti-gay slurs at the Chelsea Dallas BBQ Tuesday night, in an attack captured on a graphic video, according to police and the victims.
"These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren't their type of people," said Jonathan Snipes, 32, who had a tooth knocked loose and cartilage snapped in his ear during the beating.
"It was disgusting. It was awful," Snipes, who was attacked alongside his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, 25, told DNAinfo New York.
One of the wounded men appeared to be unconscious on the ground for several minutes before an ambulance arrived. Police arrived on scene quickly, he said.
The couple had been in a verbal argument that almost turned physical, Sharef said, when the unidentified man with the chair said something one of the duo didn’t like.
“Everyone was commenting on them fighting,” Sharef told the Daily News. “It was a big scene.”
One of the couple went over to the man and took a swing at him, sparking the fight. The big man was able to get the other man on the ground and stomp him before the injured man’s boyfriend stepped in to separate the two.
That’s when Sharef caught the chair slam on video.
"He was calling them f----ts all night," Sarah Meyers, 33, a friend of the victims who spoke to them afterward, told DNAinfo.com of the attacker. "It's disgusting. It's unbelievable.”
The attacker, described as a 35-year-old man standing 6-foot-4, has not been caught, police said. The NYPD confirmed the incident is under investigation.
Sharef said he never hear gay slurs and doubts the incident was a hate crime. The restaurant, in the heart of Chelsea’s gay club district, is known as a gay hangout, he said.
One of the victims got in touch with Sharef and indicated that he hoped to press charges against the unknown attacker.
“I didn’t get the impression it was a hate crime because the other guy started the fight,” Sharef said.
A request for comment from the Dallas BBQ was directed to operations manager Eric Levine, who did not immediately respond to an email asking for comment.