A Staten Island man is going to jail for a couple of months for helping gay-bash at the best known and possibly best fortified gay bar in Manhattan, according to the New York Daily News.
Christopher Orlando, 18, helped his pal try to shakedown and beat up a patron October 2010 at the Stonewall Inn, the West Village birthplace of the gay rights movement.
His accomplice, 21-year-old Matthew Francis, also of Staten Island, was sentenced in September to two years. But Orlando’s defense attorney said his client was “the minor participant” in the attack.
Their victim, Benjamin Carver, now 35, was in the bathroom when Francis and Orlando approached. Carver later said in his blog, “I began to pee at the adjoining urinal, at which point one of the men asked me if I was gay. I responded by chuckling and saying, ‘Where are you, buddy?’
“He answered me by saying ‘In a gay bar. Don’t pee next to me, f—-t.’
Then the men repeatedly asked him for money, trapped him in the bathroom and punched him several times after he turned them down.
The victim broke free, hit back a few times and ran out into the bar, where staff and patrons jumped in to help him.