2 gay women say they were beaten by men on a London bus because they refused to kiss for their entertainment
- Two gay women say they were severely beaten by four men on a London bus after they refused to kiss for their perverse entertainment.
- Melania Geymonat, 28, a Ryanair flight attendant, and her American partner, Chris, described being heckled by a gang on a double-decker bus at 02:30 on Thursday.
- The gang made crude sexual gestures, Geymonat said, and when they refused to kiss the men punched them in the face and stole a phone and handbag from them.
- London's Met police described the incident as a "homophobic assault" and are appealing for witnesses.
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A woman and her girlfriend say they were violently beaten by a gang of men on a London bus after refusing to kiss for their entertainment.
Melania Geymonat - a flight attendant for Ryanair - and her girlfriend Chris were heading home from an evening out at 02:30 on Thursday.
Geymonat, from Uruguay, said a group of men in the seats behind them noticed that they were a couple, and demanded they kiss.
She said the men then made crude sexual gestures and attacked them when they refused the instruction to kiss.
London's Metropolitan Police police said in a press statement on Friday that the gang stole a phone and a bag as they fled the bus, an N31 bus in London's West Hampstead neighborhood.
"They wanted us to kiss so they could watch us. I tried to defuse the situation as I'm not a confrontational person, telling them to please leave us alone as Chris wasn't feeling well," Geymonat said.
"The next thing I remember was Chris in the middle of them and they were beating her," Geymonat told Webb.
"I didn't think about it and went in. I was pulling her back and trying to defend her so they started beating me up.
"I don't even know if I was knocked unconscious."
"I felt blood, I was bleeding all over my clothes and all over the floor."
"We went downstairs and the police were there."
"It's not something isolated, it's common. We were seen as entertainment, that's what makes me so angry."
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