Son of actors Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal is accused of beating man in ‘homophobic attack’
Redmond O’Neal, the son of actors Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, has been accused of beating up a man—and allegedly calling him a “faggot”—in a homophobic attack.
Ken Fox, a part-time actor and bartender, filed a lawsuit against O’Neal on Thursday.
Speaking at a press conference filmed by ABC on Thursday, Fox, represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, claimed that O’Neal attacked him as he walked to a laundromat in Los Angeles, California, on May 2.
Fox alleged that O’Neal, dressed in a hoodie, approached him and said: “What are you looking at, faggot?”
The part-time actor, who was visibly upset during the press conference, said that O’Neal then hit him with a bottle he was holding—causing him to fall to the floor—before shouting more slurs at him and punching him.
“I felt trapped, like a wounded animal. I literally thought I was going to die,” Fox recounted during the press conference.
“I screamed, he called me more names. By then, I was kneeling on the sidewalk, my broken glasses cutting into my face, bleeding all over myself and all I could do was scream until he just walked away.”
He reportedly sustained a number of injuries, including a broken nose, during the attack.
Fox’s lawsuit is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, including medical bills.
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Allred also said that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office had filed a charge of criminal felony assault over the incident.
“I’ve spent the last four months recovering from what Redmond O’Neal did to me. I am speaking out today because I need to do what I can to make sure this man never injures or hurts another defenceless [gay man] ever again,” Fox said.
O’Neal was reportedly arrested over a separate incident in May. At the time, police charged him with a number of crimes, including attempted murder and two counts of assault using a deadly weapon.
Watch the video of the press conference below: