Latest Anti-Gay Hate Crime Involved Kevin Clash Accuser

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27:  People walk and bike along a path during the mild autumn weather in Prospect Park on November 27, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  The Thanksgiving holiday weekend saw unseasonably mild weather with temperatures in the mid to high 60s in the northeast.  (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
Photo: Michael Nagle/2011 Getty Images

Sadly, the rise in anti-gay hate crimes the city saw last month is continuing. Wednesday night in Prospect Park, makeup artist Kevin Kiadii — one of the men who accused former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexual abuse last winter — was attacked by five men who yelled anti-gay slurs at him and a friend as they kicked and punched him repeatedly. The men have since been apprehended. The New York Post also reports that in a separate incident, an unidentified man was punched twice by a man who made anti-gay comments at him aboard a J train. So much for hoping this trend wouldn't continue into summer.