Man claims he was beaten, kicked out of church for being gay

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A Brooklyn man of Jamaican descent claims he was beaten, robbed and kicked out of his church last Friday because he is gay.

Devon Bailey says it was fellow parishioners and workers of United Zion on Dean Street who attacked and robbed him.

"They don't want me here because they say I'm gay and I'm working witchcraft and all of those things in the church," Bailey says.

He worked at the church for the last year in exchange for living rent-free on the second floor.

All of a sudden, Bailey says he was ambushed and attacked Friday in the church basement and kicked out. Having lost money and his phone in the attack, he collapsed outside a door, crouched in pain, and walked two blocks to catch a cab while fearing for his life.

Bailey says he is a victim of a hate crime, but police are currently investigating the matter as a robbery.

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