A white Cornell University student has now been slapped with a hate crime charge in connection with a September assault on a black classmate.
According to the Associated Press, the Tompkins County, N.Y., District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it added the new count to 19-year-old John Greenwood’s growing list of charges. Greenwood also faces charges of aggravated harassment and criminal mischief.
Ithaca, N.Y., police picked up Greenwood on assault charges back in September after a black Cornell student said that he was attacked outside his home near campus by several people yelling racial slurs.
Greenwood admitted to having used the racial slurs, apologizing for the “unacceptable and inappropriate language” he used and claiming “full responsibility” for his words, authorities said. He did not, however, mention the group attack of which he is accused of being a part.
His defense attorney Ray Schlather insisted that Greenwood “was not involved in any physical altercation,” claiming that physical evidence contradicts what the victim says happened after a verbal altercation.
The victim, a Cornell junior who remains unidentified, says that he came home around 1 a.m. to find a group of students arguing with his housemates. When he asked those students to leave, he says, the others insulted him and called him the n-word before a group of four or five of them began to punch him.
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