Back in October I reported on an incident at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport where an apparently drunk man attacked a man for being perceived to be gay. After his arrest, theories abounded that he would receive a mere slap on the wrist for his violent behavior.
And now, that’s exactly what happened.
Towleroad has the details:
The passenger who went on a drunken, violent, anti-gay rampage that was caught on video at DFW International Airport in October will pay $474 in fines for the incident, according to a court spokeswoman.
McCleish Christmas Benham, now 28, of Shelbyville, Tennessee, assaulted two people while yelling anti-gay epithets, before other passengers tackled him to the ground and he was arrested on Oct. 23.
A bystander captured the incident on video and posted it on YouTube, where it’s been viewed more than 5 million times.
Benham was charged with public intoxication and simple assault, both class-C misdemeanors each punishable by a maximum $500 fine, but no jail time. The case was referred to the Municipal Court in the city of Grapevine, Texas.
When asked by police how many alcoholic drinks he had had, Benham replied: ‘About 100.’
A cellphone video of the altercation has received over 5 million views.