Thursday, August 9, 2012
Man who claimed that he was beaten for being gay now admits that he made it all up after police receive video of him hitting HIS OWN head after back-flipping off a curb
A young man who told police that he was beaten up in a would-be hate crime has appeared in court and admitted that he made the entire incident up. The story of Joseph Baken traveled from Missoula, Montana across the country when a picture of his scratched and bruised face made waves on the Internet. Now, Baken has declared in court that he made the false police report after video surfaced of him attempting to do a back flip and failing. Police say that Baken initially claimed three men beat him after he went into a Missoula bar, announced that it was his birthday and asked if anyone knew where he could find a gay bar. Photos of Baken's badly bruised face were posted on an anti-homophobia Facebook page and other sites, and the case prompted widespread support from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The site said that the fictitious assailants used anti-gay curses targeted at Baken's homosexuality.