A gay man who previous claimed that he was cornered by eight people wearing masks in broad daylight who pulled out a knife and carved a slur into his buttocks has confessed to making the story up to keep his current partner from finding out that someone else carved the word onto his skin.
Earlier this week, a report in the Spanish newspaper El País said that a gay man was attacked on Sunday afternoon in Madrid. The alleged victim said that he was called insults like “shit-eater” and “disgusting.” He said that they carved the word “maricón” (“faggot” in Spanish) on his butt.
The alleged hate crime shocked the country and a protest was organized for Wednesday morning. Even Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez condemned the alleged attack, saying “Hate has no place in our society,” and sending his thoughts to the victim.
But police say that they were skeptical about his story from the start. The alleged victim didn’t want to report the crime and was “dragged” to the police station by his current partner. There were no witnesses; police asked people who lived in the neighborhood if they heard anything and no one did. Security camera footage in the area showed nothing.
Police couldn’t even examine the alleged victim’s clothes because, he said, he washed “both the pants and the shirt” right after the attack.
So they decided to interview the alleged victim again, and he admitted he made the attack up. He actually did have the word “maricón” carved in his butt, but he said that he consented to it “at the house of another person with whom I had a sexual relationship.” He said he lied to stay with his current partner.
“This afternoon, thanks to the work of the National Police, the young man who reported an attack on Sunday in the Malasaña neighborhood of Madrid has rectified his statement and said that the reported injuries were consensual,” the Ministry of the Interior said in a statement yesterday.
The organization Movimiento Marika Madrid still held its protest at 9 p.m. last night, saying that numerous anti-LGBTQ hate crimes this year in Spain justified it.
“In recent days there have been attacks in Toledo, Melilla, Castellon, and Vitoria,” the organization said in an Instagram story. “Because they killed Samuel for being a fag. Because all of you who are reading this have had to suffer violence, harassment, fear, and fear of death.”
The group was referring to Samuel Luiz, who was beaten to death by a mob in the street after they accused him of recording them while he was talking to a friend on his phone.
“We are tired of being attacked at any given moment.” protestor Rafaela Corrales told the AP. “I don’t know if this last attack in Madrid is true or not. I don’t really care, since we suffer all types of violence all year long.”