A 25-year-old man suspected of knocking two gay men unconscious in Brooklyn surrendered Wednesday — and claims the alleged victims made fun of his weight.
Brandon McNamara was charged with assault, aggravated harassment and harassment, all as a hate crime, after he surrendered to police at the 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side.
The incident happened 12:55 a.m. Sunday on Metropolitan Ave., near Union Ave. in Williamsburg.
The suspect allegedly derided the victims, 29 and 30 years old, as “f—-ts,” then punched the older man in the face and slammed the other victim into a tree.
His lawyer, Franklin Rothman, said McNamara denied targeting the men because of their sexual orientation,
McNamara bumped into them on the street, and they hurled the first insult, calling him fat, Rothman said.
“Whatever happened on the street, whatever led to this incident between Brandon and these two guys was not a hate crime. The interaction was not motivated by homophobic, anti-gay sentiment,” Rothman said.
“The altercation was not fueled by any type of animosity or disdain for homosexual men. It is a complete fallacy. That angle is absolutely untrue,” he added. “They weight shamed him.”
McNamara, who lives in Queens, ran off, police said. But a passerby took his picture, which police released to the media, leading to his surrender. He has no prior arrest record.
The older victim fractured his shoulder, while the younger one broke a finger, police said.
A judge ordered McNamara held on $15,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail.
McNamara’s father, John, said his son has been trained in diversity sensitivity, and isn’t a hateful man.
“He was shocked. He was broken by this,” John McNamara said.
The victims did not return messages seeking comment Wednesday.