Ala. Lesbian Denies Thanksgiving Attack Was Hate Crime
An Alabama woman who was brutally beaten by her girlfriend’s 18-year-old brother on Thanksgiving now says that the alleged attacker was not motivated by her sexual orientation.
CBS affiliate WKRG Local 5 reports that shortly after Mallory Owens, 23, woke up in the hospital from a state of unconsciousness, she left and returned to her girlfriend Ally Hawkins’ family’s home to recover - the same place where she was beaten by her girlfriend’s brother, Travis Hawkins Jr.
"I’m okay, I’m good. Just a bad, bad night," Owens, who suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones from the alleged attack, said.
But not only is Owens back with her girlfriend’s family, she is also denying that Travis Hawkins Jr. beat her because she is a lesbian.
"A lot of things have happened between us, but it doesn’t make me hate her brother," Owens told News 5. "I don’t hate her family at all, or anybody for that matter."
Owens’ girlfriend echoed her sentiments. She said her brother had his own reasons for the attack, which will be disclosed at another time, but the beating was not based on orientation.
"It’s not a hate crime at all," Ally Hawkins said. "We both know the reason why this happened, and it doesn’t make any excuses for him, I’m not defending him at all. I know why he was angry, and that will come out."
Travis Hawkins Jr. allegedly attacked Owens on Thanksgiving night while she celebrated the holiday with her girlfriend’s family in Mobile, Ala. On Sunday, the teen was arrested on second-degree assault charges but posted bond.
Owens’ mother initially called the incident a hate crime. "He tried to kill her. He’s lucky he didn’t kill her. She’s lucky to be alive," Kristi Taylor said. "I didn’t recognize her when I got here. It’s hard to look at her like that." Taylor pleaded with her daughter not to have Thanksgiving with her girlfriend’s family because she knew "how the family felt about her." But Owens insisted the Hawkins family were "trying to be nice."