Does Kathryn Knott, Suspect In Alleged Philadelphia Anti-Gay Attack, Have A Homophobic History?

The social media presence of one of three Pennsylvania-based suspects in an alleged anti-gay attack has come under intense scrutiny after the woman turned herself in this week.

Katherine Knott is reportedly being charged with criminal conspiracy and two counts each of aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment, according to the Associated Press. Knott, 24, turned herself in on Sept. 24, along with 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan and Phillip Williams, also 24.

Knott, who was identified by local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV and other media outlets as the daughter of Chalfont, Bucks County Police Chief Karl Knott, is a suspect in the Sept. 11 beating of two gay men, ages 27 and 28, in downtown Philadelphia. The men, who have reportedly asked to remain anonymous, told CBS Philadelphia that they were attacked by a "well-dressed" and intoxicated mob that began taunting them with anti-gay epithets while they were on their way to dinner.

One of the two victims suffered a bone fracture in his face that will require surgery, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Among the many Tweets that have since come into question since Knott's surrender:

Meanwhile, Knott's attorney, Louis Busico, told WPVI-TV that the incident was not motivated by homophobia, and that his client "played no role in this other than going out to dinner with friends the night this happened."

"We don't deny that there was a gentleman who was assaulted," he added. "We don't deny that this gentleman was injured. But I unequivocally deny that my client did anything to hurt this man; she wouldn't hurt anybody."

The Huffington Post has reached out to Busico for comment and had yet to hear back at press time.



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