Police arrested 4 teenagers suspected of beating 2 gay women on a London bus because they refused to kiss for the men’s entertainment

Melania Geymonat (R), from Uruguay, and her American girlfriend Chris (L) after the assault on a London bus.

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Melania Geymonat (R), from Uruguay, and her American girlfriend Chris (L) after the assault on a London bus.
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  • London police announced Friday they arrested four people suspected of assaulting and robbing a lesbian couple in an alleged hate crime.
  • Police said the women, both in their 20s, were sitting on the top deck of a double-decker bus when a group of men approached them, making “lewd and homophobic comments,” before becoming violent.
  • They added that a phone and bag were also stolen during the attack.
  • Police said they’re still reviewing surveillance footage and are asking the public to come forward with any further information about who else may have been involved in the attack.
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London police announced Friday they arrested four people suspected of assaulting and robbing a lesbian couple on a bus in what authorities are calling a “disgusting” hate crime.

Authorities said in a press release that the men arrested were between the ages of 15 and 18, and were taken to separate police stations for questioning.

Police said the women, both in their 20s, were sitting on the top deck of a double-decker bus last Wednesday when a group of men approached them, making “lewd and homophobic comments.” The men then “attacked and punched” the women several times, and stole a phone and bag during the assault, police said.

“This was a disgusting attack on two women who appear to have been picked out and targeted by a group of youths,” Detective Superintendent Andy Cox said in a statement. “The suspects have made a number of homophobic comments towards the couple before throwing coins at them. When the women tried to reason with the group, the attack escalated to an assault.”

Police said they’re still reviewing surveillance footage and asking the public to come forward with any further information about who else may have been involved in the attack.

The women said the men goaded them to kiss so they could watch

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Melania Geymonat, 28, a Ryanair flight attendant, said in a Facebook post that she and her partner, Chris, were heckled by the men before the situation escalated.

“They wanted us to kiss so they could watch us,” Geymonat said. “I tried to defuse the situation as I’m not a confrontational person, telling them to please leave us alone as Chris wasn’t feeling well.”

“The next thing I remember was Chris in the middle of them, and they were beating her,” she said.

Geymonat also noted that June was Pride Month, and called for an end to violence against people who identify as LGBTQ.

“It’s not something isolated – it’s common,” she said. “We were seen as entertainment. That’s what makes me so angry.”

Sam Webb contributed to this report.