A rapper was indicted on hate crime charges last Wednesday for attacking three men outside a gay nightclub last month.
Brooklyn rapper James Thomas, 32, was charged with slashing one man in the face, stabbing another and shoving a third to the ground while hurling anti-LGBT slurs at his victims. The attack is said to have occurred at 4:30am on March 5 as the men left Langston Night Club.
The attack happened outside Crown Fried Chicken in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, a popular food joint down the street from the nightclub, this according to DNA Info.
Thomas, whose stage name is Mousey Baby, allegedly walked into the restaurant and started yelling homophobic slurs before slashing one of the men across the face with a knife. Thomas then fled the scene.
Outside, he encountered the other two men, pushing one to the ground and threatening him with a knife, and then stabbing the other twice, this according to authorities.
The first stabbing victim required 18 stitches, while the second one required three and spent the night in the hospital.
Thomas did not remain at the scene, but he did turn himself in later when surveillance footage of the attack was released.
Thomas is currently being held on $150,000 bail and faces up to 25 years in prison. He faces multiple felony charges, including assault as a hate crime.
“In Brooklyn, everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or religion must be able to safely walk the streets without fear of being senselessly attacked,” Eric Gonzalez, acting Brooklyn district attorney, said in a statement.
“This defendant’s alleged actions were particularly egregious as he attacked three innocent people simply because he perceived them to be gay. We will now seek to hold him accountable.”