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Philly Gay-Bashers Avoid Trial, Settle Civil Case Out of Court

Monday Nov 13, 2017
Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott.
Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott.  (Source:Philadelphia Police)

The trio of clean cut defendants from Bucks County, Pennsylvania who made headlines in 2014 for the brutal beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia, have reportedly settled with the victims prior to a scheduled civil lawsuit that was scheduled to take place next month. CBS News reports.

A Philadelphia judge has marked the civil case against defendants Kathryn Knott, Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams as settled. The plaintiffs, Andrew Haught and Zachary Hesse, had sought unspecified damages.

The plea deal marks the second time that Harrigan and Williams have avoided trial in this case. Philly Voice notes that prior to their criminal trial, both defendants admitted their roles in the assault. They were sentenced to probation and community service at an LGBT center.

Knott, tried her luck with a jury and ended up spending five months behind bars after being convicted of simple assault, conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person.

But while it appears that this chapter has closed for Harrigan and Williams, Knott is far from out of the spotlight. Last month, a U.S. district judge ruled that a lawsuit against her from a woman who mocked the famed Philly gay-basher using the screen name "Knotty is a Tramp" can proceed.

Law360 reports that plaintiff Kathleen O'Donnell's suit, which names Knott, her police chief father, detectives, and former Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler, claims that a police visit to her workplace was direct retaliation for posts she made on the DISCUS platform under the name "Knotty is a Tramp."

According to the complaint, the detectives approached O'Donnell's supervisor at work without her present and told him about the screen name and how she had been using an office computer for some of the posts. PGN reported that O'Donnell claims she was unjustly terminated from her job due to the incident.

The suit further alleges that the detectives threatened to charge her for impersonating Knott.

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