Arrests made after 'homophobic' attack on gay couple

Melania Geymonat and girlfriend Chris were left bloodied after an attack on a London bus

Friday, June 7, 2019

Arrests have been made after a gay couple were attacked on a London bus, the Metropolitan Police have said. 

The couple were attacked by a group of men after they refused to kiss in front of them.

Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris were travelling to Camden Town on a double decker bus in the early hours of May 30.

A group of young men began harassing them after they discovered they were a couple, demanding they kiss and making sexual gestures.

Recounting the experience online, Ms Geymonat wrote: “In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make them go away.

“Chris even pretended she was sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it.”

Things quickly escalated, and she found her partner in the middle of the bus “fighting with them”.

“The next thing I know is I'm being punched. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I don't remember whether or not I lost consciousness,” she said.

“Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over.”

Ms Geymonat said the gang stole a phone and bag from them before fleeing.

Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries.

Ms Geymonat is waiting to find out if her nose was broken in the asssault.

London mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack “disgusting” and “misogynistic”.

 

Police have appealed for witnesses and urge those who saw something to contact 101.

A police statement said the couple "were approached by a group of four males who began to make lewd and homophobic comments to them".

It went on to say: "The women were then attacked and punched several times before the males ran off the bus."

Director of compliance and policing at Transport for London, Siwan Hayward, said all customers have a right to travel “without fear of verbal or physical assault”.

“This sickening attack is utterly unacceptable. Homophobic behaviour and abuse is a hate crime and won't be tolerated on our network,” she said.

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