09/26/2012 10:05 am ET

Alleged McDonald's Bias Attack Slasher Says 'I'm Not A Hater'

MORRISANIA — A Bronx man charged with a hate crime after he allegedly sliced a man's face outside a West Third Street McDonald's last week in an epithet-laced attack denied that he is anti-gay, saying it was an act of self-defense.

Keith Patron, 44, was arraigned on charges of assault as a hate crime in Manhattan Criminal Court early Wednesday morning, after prosecutors said he yelled homophobic slurs at Jamar McClod, 24, and his transgender girlfriend at the fast food chain on the evening of Sept. 19, then slashed McClod in the face, neck, back and arm, sources said.

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