A recent report by WABC on journalist Randy Gener’s assault states:
The gay journalist beaten in Midtown had kicked a woman in the chest after she bumped into him on the street, escalating into an incident that landed him in the hospital with a cracked skull, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday. (WABC, January 27, 2014)
As a respected journalist and activist, Randy Gener has been a pacifist and fighter for justice his entire life, and has never demonstrated any violence whatsoever.
We would like to request that the media stop reporting the accounts by the assailant and woman included in the criminal complaint as fact. The criminal complaint only includes one side of the story.
Due to the severity of his injuries, Randy isn’t able to defend himself against their accusations.
Moreover, the WABC report contains an egregious factual error:
"Gener was arraigned Wednesday nght on misdemeanor assault charges and released on his own recognizance." (WABC, January 27, 2014)
It was Leighton Jennings, the assailant, and not Gener who was arraigned and released. If not rectified, an error of this magnitude could affect Randy's international standing as a journalist.
We are determined to defend Randy’s impeccable reputation as the case is being investigated by the NYPD. We are committed to the truth, and request that the media reports on the facts. We demand a retraction from WABC and other media that provided incorrect information. May the truth prevail.
Randy's Recovery Fund: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/for-randy-gener/130589