Queens Man Charged with Theatre Journalist Randy Gener's Times Square Attack
As BroadwayWorld reported last week, theater journalist Randy Gener was assaulted on January 17th, shortly before 4 a.m. after attending the opening night of Broadway's MACHINAL and leaving a party in midtown. Now according to NBC New York, a 24-year old from Queens, Leighton Jennings, has been charged for the attack.
Original reports revealed that police were considering what happened to Gener, who is openly gay, a "bias attack," however Jennings has not been charged with a hate crime.
Gener was found in the vicinity of 7th Avenue near 54th/55th Street. He is said to have suffered severe head traumh. Though he has undergone several surgeries, reports indicate that his recovery could take more than six months because of brain swelling.
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Randy is an editor, social media expert, accomplished writer, and critical thinker with 10 years of experience leading, directing, managing, and editing news, features, and narrative content for print publications, new media, and interactive digital projects. He has reported and written for National Public Radio, New York Times, Star Ledger, Village Voice, New York Daily News, Crain's New York Business, International Herald Tribune, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, Film Society of Lincoln Center, and others in Asia and Europe. He is also a lecturer on American studies, U.S. politics and foreign affairs, cultural diplomacy and international relations, journalism and criticism, design and performance, arts and entertainment, and the impact of new technology on narrative architectures.