VIDEO: Theater Journalist Randy Gener's Family, Friends Speak About His Assault
The attack on theater journalist Randy Gener, who is currently recovering in the ICU from brain surgery after an assault last week, is being considered a possible hate crime by the police. Gener was reportedly assaulted on January 17th, shortly before 4 a.m. after attending the opening night of Broadway's MACHINAL and leaving a party in midtown. He was found in the vicinity of 7th Avenue near 54th/55th Street. He is said to have suffered severe head trauma, from which he is currently recovering in the Neuro ICU; he is now also scheduled to undergo another surgery.
"Three more minutes he would have been in his own bed," Randy's husband Stephen Nisbet said. Watch CBS's report below, including interviews with Randy's friends and family.
Police are considering what happened to Gener, who is openly gay, a "bias attack." Police are asking anyone with more information to come forward, and the active case file is #485, under Detective Enis at the 18th Precinct at (212) 767-8400.
Friends held a candlelight vigil to support Randy last night, Sunday, January 26, at 53rd Street and 7th Avenue. BroadwayWorld will continue to update this story as more information becomes available via Randy's friends and family, and in the meantime, extend our thoughts and prayers. Visit Randy's Facebook page to show your support here.
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.