Man involved in a homophobic attack in SW London

A gay man was left battered and bruised after a vicious homophobic attack over the bank holiday weekend.

Chas Andersen, 20, was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning on Clapham High Street after a man began to ridicule him for his shorts he was wearing.

The former male model from Bethnal Green, East London, was out with his partner of three years, fashion stylist Mike Adler, when the unnamed man began his verbal attack before coming violent.

Adler said about the attack that took place outside the KAZ Bar in South West London: “The only reason the man started on him was to say the shorts he was wearing were ridiculous.

“He was standing up for himself and I was standing up for him. The man just switched from yelling backwards and forward to becoming violent.”

After extensive x-rays on his face at A&E they found that Andersen was luckily only left with bruising and blurred vision and would have no permanent damage following the attack.

According to the Evening Standard he said about the ordeal: “I am scared now and it has affected my confidence. This afternoon I have been wary of going around and I am worried about walking where I normally walk. I have had to have time off work. It is the whole experience, it will stay with me.

“I have always thought London was the most diverse and open city in the world. For this to happen makes me realise that these people are still around.”

Anyone with information about the attack should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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