According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a man named Ken Fox claims he was walking down the street while singing opera on May 2, 2018. Fox says he passed by O’Neal, who then looked at him and said, “What are you looking at, f****t?”
Before he could react, Fox claims O’Neal then struck him in the head with a bottle (or another hard object), breaking his nose. Fox says he then fell to the ground and O’Neal began punching him as he hurled more expletives.
O’Neal eventually fled the scene and ended up getting arrested several days later after he allegedly committed several other crimes. He was eventually charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, brandishing a knife and battery.
Fox is seeking damages in excess of $25,000.
“I have spent the last four months recovering from what Redmond O’Neal did to me,” Fox said in a statement. “I am speaking out today because I need to do what I can to make sure that this man never injures or hurts another defenseless ‘f****t’ ever again. That’s what Mr. O’Neal called me right before he sucker punched me. The word f****t is hate speech and just one of many offensive terms used to make gay men feel ashamed of themselves.”
Fox’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said in a press conference today, “We contend in our lawsuit that a substantial motivating reason for Redmond O’Neal’s conduct towards Ken was Mr. O’Neal’s perception of Ken’s sexual orientation.”
She added, “There must be serious consequences for anyone who engages in violence against innocent victims and particularly where the victim is victimized on account of his status as a member of a minority which has a long history of persecution and violence against them on account of their sexual orientation.”
Redmond O’Neal is still behind bars awaiting trial.