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BOSTON-Three lesbian women were charged with a hate crime for beating a gay man and calling him homophobic slurs at a train station in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prosecutors claim that Lydia Sanford, Erika Stroud and Felicia Stroud brutally beat an unidentified man after he bumped into one of them with his backpack.

The Boston Herald reports:

She said the victim, who suffered a broken nose, told cops he believed the attack was “motivated as a crime because of his sexual orientation” since the three women “called him insulting homophobic slurs.”

But attorney Helene Tomlinson, who represented Sanford, told the judge her client is “openly identified as a lesbian … so any homophobic (conduct) is unwarranted.” She said the alleged victim was the aggressor and used racial slurs: “He provoked them.”

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