Accused Philadelphia Gay-Bashers Get December 6th Preliminary Hearing

The three suspects accused of the violent gay-bashing attack ib Center City on September 11th will have a preliminary hearing December 16th.


The three Bucks County residents arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The defendants – Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 – were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers.

Williams did not utter any homophobic slurs during the Sept. 11 incident near Rittenhouse Square, said his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr.

“Fortunately, my client will have a chance to present this case in a court of law instead of the court of public opinion,” Perri told reporters.

When asked if Williams had been struck or if he struck either of the two gay men, Perri said: “We’ll resolve that matter in a court of law.”

Attorney Joshua Scarpello, who represents Harrigan, said, “There certainly is another side to this case, there always is, and it’s going to come to light.”

The three defendants are each charged with two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person; and one count each of criminal conspiracy.

“This vicious attack shocked the entire country. An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia,” District Attorney Seth Williams said at the time of the defendants’ arrests.

The couple, who has been together for six years, told investigators that Harrigan shouted the first gay slur, Williams attacked both of them and that Knott participated in the name calling and physical assault, a police source told the Daily News.

Both gay men were briefly hospitalized, and one suffered severe facial injuries that required his jaw to be wired shut.

Inside Edition Covers the Philadelphia Gay-Bashing

Inside Edition covers the Center City gay-bashing:

She’s the pretty daughter of a police chief, but 24-year-old Kathryn Knott is now on the other side of the law after a network of civilian sleuths used social media to track her down.

Surveillance video was their only clue. A group of preppy-looking 20-somethings were on a Philadelphia street. Just moments later, there was a brutal assault on two gay men.

Three people have been charged.

These two guys and Kathryn Knott, whose father, Karl, it turns out, is the police chief in a suburban Philadelphia town. They all deny any wrongdoing.

Her social media profile shows a photo of her drinking from a bottle of Fireball whisky.

One tweet reveals she once used her father’s position as police chief to get special treatment.

She tweeted: “A guy ran me off the road. Called my dad ran his license, and got him ticket #lovemydad (@kathryn_knott)”

And: “Dad just let me kick down a door on a raid. Epic”

At an emotional rally protesting the attack, Caryn Kunkle, a friend of the two gay men who were beaten said they are slowly recovering.

Kunkle said, “One of the victims still has his jaw wired shut. He will have it wired shut for another seven weeks. They are both on a liquid diet. Neither one of them can eat solid food.”

There won’t be any more tweets from Kathryn for a while. Her Twitter page has been taken down.

In Defense of Kathryn Knott

Friend of gay bashing suspect Kathryn Knott says "We all know people have been calling each other faggot in fights for years."

I’m not so sure this is an effective “defense” of Center City gay bashing suspect, Kathryn Knott.

Apparently from the sister of one of Kathryn Knott’s best friends:

“We all know people have been calling each other faggot in fights for years.”

With “friends” like these, who needs enemies? This kind of rhetoric isn’t going to help anyone.

This “sister of a friend” seems to be saying that the word “faggot” was only used as a general term like “asshole” or “jerk.”

EXCEPT, according to multiple accounts, the altercation began with one of the mob asking if the couple was gay, to which the men replied “yes.” So, the use of the word “faggot” would have been in play referencing the men’s sexual orientation from that point out.

That would be the altercation that put two men in the hospital, one with a fractured orbital bone and jaw. The jaw injury was so severe that it has to be wired shut for 8 weeks.

Meanwhile, there doesn’t seem to be any proof or photos released that would indicate the suspects charged with the assault needed to fear for their own safety.

The two men’s injuries were so severe, police initially thought there had been a shooting considering the amount of blood at the crime scene.

Accused Gay-Bashing Suspect Kathryn Knott Fired From Hospital Job

Gay-bashing suspect Kathryn Knott

One of the alleged attackers in a brutal assault on a gay couple in Center City was fired from her job at a local hospital Thursday.

Abington Health announced that 24-year-old Kathryn Knott was fired from her job as an Emergency Room Tech late Thursday afternoon.

“Effective today. September 25, 2014, Kathryn Knott has been terminated from her employment at Abington Health,” the hospital said in a statement.

Knott had tweeted several pictures of x-rays and other private medical files of patients during her time as an ER tech at Abington Health. This could be a serious violation of HIPPA laws.

Knott, the daughter of Chalfont, Pennsylvania Police Chief Karl Knott, is one of three suspects charged with the beating of a gay couple on September 11.

Knott, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Philip Williams, 24, are free on bail less than a day after they surrendered to police.

Authorities arraigned Williams, Harrigan and Knott on aggravated assault, conspiracy and other related offenses early Thursday morning and the group left their Center City jail cells a short time later, according to officials.

(via NBCPhiladelphia)

Philadelphia Gay-Bashing Suspect Kathryn Knott Suspended From Nursing Job

ABS News reporter Kenneth Morton shares on his Facebook page that Philly gay-bashing defendant Kathryn Knott has been suspended from her job as a nurse due to the charges filed against her in the violent September attack on two gay men.

In addition, the hospital is now investigating whether Knott violated medical privacy laws by tweeting personal medical files and scans on her Twitter account:

“We can confirm that Kathryn Knott has been employed at Lansdale Hospital since May 2011.

“Because of the nature of the charges against her, she has been suspended from her job as an Emergency Room tech.

“We are investigating an additional issue that was brought to our attention related to this employee’s Twitter account for potential violations of patient privacy and our organization’s social media policy. Abington Health takes patient privacy and confidentiality very seriously and is fully investigating this matter.”

(h/t JMG)

Philadelphia Gay-Bashing Suspects Mugshots Released

The Philadelphia gay-bashing suspects turned themselves in to police earlier today, and now their mugshots have been released.

From Philadelphia Magazine:

From left, they are: 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan of Warrington; 24-year-old Kathryn Knott of Southampton; and 24-year-old Philip Williams of Warminster.

All three defendants are charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

In related news, Lou Nuscio, lawyer for Kathryn Knott, spoke on talk radio 1201 WPHT today saying not only is she innocent of the violent charges, “she couldn’t bust a grape.”

She is a gentle, kind person who was never in trouble before. She has zero animus to anybody, let alone somebody of a particular group or persuasion. This young woman, on her best day, couldn’t bust a grape. She hurt no one. She struck no one. Simply stated, she didn’t do this.”

Buscio went on to say that the media is making a bigger deal out of this violent episode than it is since “this is an event that happens a hundred times a day in cities throughout our country. It’s a simple assault case.”

I’m not so sure about the “zero animus to anybody” part of her lawyer’s statements.  That may be difficult to prove in court in light of Knott’s Twitter account which shows several posts where she appears to be not only homophobic but racist.  She also seems to have used her father’s connections to get back at someone who cut her off while driving.  See below:

Meet Philadelphia Gay-Bashing Defendant Kathryn Knott

LGBT advocate Scott Wooledge has Storified several of Philadelphia gay-bashing defendant Kathryn Knott’s Tweets to give the public a glimpse into the 20-something’s mind.

According to Scott, “She seems nice. And a little racist, and a little homophobic. And frequently drunk or hungover.”

I think it’s interesting to note that Knott is the daughter of Chalfont, Bucks County Police Chief Karl Knott. Neighbors of the Knotts were reportedly “not surprised” by the charges brought against Kathryn.

UPDATE: All three defendant’s have turned themselves in according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.