Gay Man Says He Was Beaten Outside Of Columbus Bar Because Of His Sexual Orientation

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A man from Northern Kentucky said that several men beat him outside of a Columbus bar last week because of his sexual orientation.

According to Cincinnati station WCPO, Chris Ashcraft said a man came up and asked for help with his car at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday when he was smoking outside of the Southbend Tavern, located at 126 E Moler St.

He then was beaten by several other men, who left him unconscious in an alley.

"When I was on the ground, they kicked me in the face until I was unconscious," Ashcraft told WCPO. "My guess, it was an hour to an hour and a half until I woke up."

Though the man said he did not remember much from the evening, he said he did know that he was targeted because he was gay.

Ashcraft said he hoped that surveillance cameras from the bar would help lead police to his attackers.

WCPO reported that police had no suspects in the case.

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