Devastating Testimony This Week Against Accused Philly Gay Basher Kathryn Knott

Kathryn Knott

Bad news for accused Philadelphia gay basher Kathryn Knott in court this week as a second witness delivered devastating testimony at Knott’s trial for a Center City attack that left two gay men severely injured. One had to have his shattered jaw wired shut for months due to the attack.


Michelle Moore, 21, testified that she and two girlfriends were waiting at a bus stop on Walnut Street, near 16th, on the night of Sept. 11, 2014, when “we heard a loud noise,” then ran toward the commotion.

They ran south on 16th Street. At the intersection of Chancellor Street, an alley just south of Walnut, they saw “a bunch of white kids all dressed nicely,” she said, involved in arguments, with some fighting and some looking on as bystanders.

She said she saw two people hitting two others and heard someone say “faggot.”

Asked by Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry if she saw a woman do anything, Moore testified that “a woman was punching a man on the ground. She had blonde hair.”

She said the woman “had a whitish, whitish-black dress.”

Knott, in videos shown from that night, had blonde hair and was in a white dress.

Knott’s accomplices in the attack, Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams, pleaded guilty in October and were sentenced under plea deals to probation and community service.