A 20-year-old Spanish man who reported that hooded men subjected him to a homophobic attack at knifepoint has now admitted to the police that his injuries were consensual.
“The man has changed his statement and has said that the assault was consensual,” a Policia Nacional spokesperson told British news outlet The Guardian, adding that he could face legal action for his false complaint.
The police investigation, however, remains open.
The man, who has not been identified, initially reported that eight men forced their way into his apartment in the central Madrid neighborhood of Malasaña last Sept. 5 afternoon and cut his lip and his buttock with a homophobic slur.
Despite the retracted claim, protests against the attacks on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community continued on Sept. 8.
“Hate crimes against the LGBTI community have increased by 43% in the first half of 2021. Let’s not lose sight of the forest because of one tree,” Equality Minister Irene Montero said on Twitter.
Mass protests against violence on the LGBTI community have been taking place across Spain after the murder of Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old gay man who was beaten to death by a group and was subjected to homophobic insults in the northwestern Galacian city of A Coruña last July.
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