An alleged attack early Monday morning is the latest in a series of hate crimes reported in West Hollywood’s “Boystown” in recent months. Jose Segovia, a model who go-go dances at local spots like Revolver, claims he was hanging out with friend Alex Barragan when things took a turn for the grim.
According to his statement, a stranger began arguing with Segovia outside popular nightclub Rage, and then abruptly hit him in the head and in the eye. Segovia claims his attacker wasn’t alone, and that as many as ten others may have contributed to the battery before ultimately fleeing down Santa Monica Boulevard.
A friend of Segovia’s described the attack in a Facebook post: “Joe and Alex Barragan were out having a good time in West Hollywood… They were both jumped, called names such as fags, faggots, wetbacks, and ‘go back to your country…’ Nobody did anything to help.”
The incident occurred on the heels of an attack on DJ Benjamin Castro outside Micky’s bar on June 22. A serious attack on 45-year-old Kirk Doffing left the accountant with a severe skull fracture — he was in a coma for several days, and is still unable to speak.
Several other locals have claimed to be assaulted in recent weeks but won’t give their names, making it difficult to verify their claims.