On Wednesday evening, Oct. 19 at approximately 7:15 PM Kasey Mahaffy was brutally assaulted and gay bashed on Fountain near Laurel. This was the second incident in Weho in as many days. Following is Kasey’s story:
last night i took a walk down to the corner store to grab some beer and some snacks to bring home. i live in a safe, wonderful neighborhood. i'm a proud resident of west hollywood, ca - known as a safe haven for gays, lesbians, and all walks of humankind to live and reside in peace. as i was headed home from the store, i noticed a blue nissan versa slow down and pull up next to me. the passengers looked at me, then pulled into the driveway obstructing my short path home. the front passenger was completely inebriated (at 7:15 on wednesday - winner!), and started to spill out of the car and began squawking at me and shouting, "where you going with that beer?" i just kept on walking toward home, the vehicle sped off, and i thought nothing more of it.
i proceeded on my way, i was actually smiling. a beautiful night. headed home to my friends. i was happy.
then i noticed a guy walking towards me on the sidewalk - normal weho looking dude - in a black hoodie and cream plaid shorts. as he approached me i made eye contact, as i often do. he ripped back his hood, screamed something unintelligible, and punched me in the throat. 3 times. so much so that i landed in the middle of traffic on fountain ave. long story short i ended up inexplicable bent over a civilian's car, getting the shit beat out of me by a complete stranger. he hit my chest, my head, my ear, my cheek, my jaw. and since my arms were full of groceries, they were occupied and i couldn't defend myself. during the assault i kept thinking to myself all these ironic thoughts like , "oh my god. i can't believe this is happening. i'm a fucking HATE CRIME VICTIM?! no fucking way. not my story."
but then i came to and he had run off. gotten about 13 punches in. my groceries peppering fountain ave and my bottle of wine smashed on the hood of some innocent old corolla. "are you alright?" the driver asked. i picked up my groceries on the street. said yes, and that i think i was just assaulted. everyone nodded and sped off to wherever they were headed, and i was left alone.
i'm not going to get into the aftermath with the west hollywood sheriff and how they were totally insensitive - cavalier even - and told me there was "nothing they could do", then sped off. i had a fully detailed physical description of the car and the 4 abercrombie-clad frat boys inside. year. make. model. color. full physical description of the assailant. sorry, sir. bigger fish to fry tonight.
the reason i'm writing this is to A) clear up all details of what happened. let you know i am, in fact, okay and will be fine in just a few. i'm sore. i can't fucking swallow. my body hurts. but i have in no way suffered grave danger.
Kasey’s attacker is described as a white male, 6 ft to 6”2’, 180 lbs, light colored eyes, short or shaved dirty blond hair, wearing a black hoodie and cream plaid shorts, 25-28 yrs old. Anyone with details about the incident should call the West Hollywood Sheriff at (310) 855-8850.
Click here to follow KEEP WEHO SAFE!
P.S. The attacker seems to match the description of the gay-bashing on Tuesday night…