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Gay man says he was beaten and attacked with slurs on election night

A group of men allegedly left him bloody and passed out on the street.


Samantha Grasso


Posted on Nov 10, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 2:51 pm CDT

A gay man says from Alberta, Canada, says he was attacked in Santa Monica, California, on election night. 

Chris Ball, a producer for Umbrella Collective Films, told Metro News Calgary that he spent the night at a bar, and as the election results rolled in, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters became heated. He said he heard phrases like “We got a new president, you fucking faggots.”

“People started launching homophobic slurs at me from afar,” Ball told the paper. “I mean, I kind of got into it, but I didn’t want to provoke them.”

Later, when Ball was leaving a bar alone, he says he was attacked in an alleyway by a group of men, one of whom smashed a bottle on his head. Once his head hit the concrete, he passed out.

“When I came to, I remember waking up and wiping the blood from my eyes,” Ball said. “I called some friends, they picked me up and I went right to the hospital,” where he got five stitches. 

Neither Ball nor Santa Monica Police Department responded to the Daily Dot’s requests for comment. 

Though some have doubted the validity of his claims, screengrabs posted to Imgur show Ball on the street and in what appears to be a hospital.

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He told Metro News that though he feels the attack was rooted in homophobia, he doesn’t feel that the attack is representative of all Americans, or even Donald Trump supporters.

“I’m in pretty good spirits. That’s just how I have to handle it,” Ball said.

Ball’s latest Facebook status, posted yesterday evening, echoes his positive sentiment.

Screengrab via Chris Ball/Facebook

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2016, 8:00 pm CST