Man in Stonewall Inn anti-gay attack facing new charges

February 10, 2011 3:27:35 AM PST
The man accused of an anti-gay assault at Manhattan's Stonewall Inn is facing new charges after he reportedly attacked two police officers.

Matthew Francis, of Staten Island, was arrested Tuesday after he got into an argument with a homeless man and allegedly assaulted him.

Police say Francis put up a fight, kicking one officer and punching the other.

He was being held on bail on charges of assault and resisting arrest.

Francis is awaiting prosecution in a Manhattan hate-crime charge. He was accused of yelling anti-gay slurs and taking part in an assault in the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.

The Stonewall Inn became a rallying point for gay rights in June 1969, when a police raid sparked an uprising.