Second gay man says he was violently attacked in London’s Blackheath
A second gay man has come forward to allege that he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Blackheath, London.
Erhan Barut spoke out about his experience the day after police put out an appeal following an April 7 homophobic robbery on Blackheath Common.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Barut revealed he was the victim of a separate homophobic attack in the same area on January 12.
Second man attacked on Blackheath Common
Barut said he was approached by a gang of men who asked him if he was “cruising” in the area, which is a popular gay hook-up spot, before attacking him.
He said: “I felt one of them headbutt me and I was thrown towards some thorn bushes.
“It was terrifying and I felt so intimidated. I ran without looking back. I was bleeding from my face and throat.”
Coincidentally, Barut says he was also on the Common in the aftermath of the April 7 attack.
He told the newspaper: “I saw this guy come from nowhere. He was totally disorientated, with blood dripping from him.
“The attackers were just a few yards away looking at what they had done.”
Metropolitan Police are not currently treating the two attacks as related.
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