Controversial Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes used Twitter to publicly reveal the identities of two brothers allegedly beat up by “neo-Nazis” in a Manhattan bar — leading some of his followers to make online threats against the victims.
“I found the brothers who made up that story about being attacked by skinheads,” McInnes tweeted, along with the pair’s names. “They said the skinheads had brass knuckles and were waving a knife around. All lies.”
The victims told cops six or seven “skinheads” wearing patches from white supremacy group the “211 Crew” beat them up as they were leaving bar Clockwork on Essex Street on the Lower East Side at 12:30 am on Feb. 12, because one of them had a “New York City Anti-fascists” sticker on his phone.
But McInnes claims the pair made it all up and said he is justified in revealing Columbia grad students’ identities.
McInnes became convinced the brothers fabricated their account after speaking with witnesses, he said. He outed the pair on Twitter — posting their full names, handles, and photos apparently taken from Facebook. And followers soon pounced on the two.
“@Gavin_McInnes damnit, was hoping that story was real lmao..shit…lets beat their asses anyway,” replied user @theeantiliberal.
Police have arrested one of the half-dozen men they believe attacked the brothers.
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