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Zakk d’Larté assaulted in AKL

Auckland gay pop artist Zakk d’Larté, 18, says he was the victim of a homophobic attack on Saturday night.

d’Larté, who performed at this year’s Out in the Square in Wellington, says he was attacked by a group of three men while walking alone in downtown Auckland.

“Well, I was dropping my friends off at party down at the Viaduct on Saturday night, and as I was walking back home, these three guys approached me and I think they must’ve thought I was a female because they were flirting with me. But they quickly realised that I was a guy and got so aggressive and were punching and kicking me and shouting disgusting homophobic comments,” he tells Aaron and Andy.com.

d’Larté says he will visit the doctor and Police today, and that he suspects he may have a broken nose and bruised ribs and spine.

He says three men initially began flirting with him, which led him to believe that maybe they thought he was female. Shortly after they began punching and kicking him while shouting homophobic comments. “While they were beating me they were yelling out things like how disgusting I am and that I am a burden on society and that they wish that they could do to the gays what Hitler did to the Jews etc.”

The streets are not safe for young gay men, he feels: “The reason I uploaded the photo is because I just want to use this experience to spread awareness throughout the LGBT community. Especially the younger ones. It’s not safe to walk alone.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    sad that it happened, but in the main, it is safe to walk home and go out and about, don’t panic this sort of thing rarely happens, don’t go locking yourself in the closet guys.

    if it was at the viaduct there will probably video surveillance of the whole attack, lets hope they catch these fuks.

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    • Brendan says:

      This sort of thing happens more often than you might think and I have known too many people who have been the victims of these brutal crimes and some sadly didn’t survive. We have to stand up and fight for what’s right.

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      • Anonymous says:

        in the main, its still safe to walk around alone or in a group in most instances, don’t develop an irrational fear because of some dickheads and a nasty situation.

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      • ThE LiSp says:

        time to crack some straights back….

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  2. I’d be interested to know what Aarons and Andys thoughts are on the latest developement..Why waste the polices time with a drunken assult. Bigger fish to fry.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Jack, what do you mean waste the polices time? assault is assault it doesn’t matter what the context or motivation is, thats a serious crime and it deserves to be punished.

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    • Jack, when is assault not a police matter? If a person throwing eggs at a Prime Minister years ago was charged with assault (and later found guilty), then why should this assault not be a police matter? You should also be aware that the Sentencing Act includes a section that allows the court to give heavier sentences in situations like this. So far it has only been used in cases of racial hatred. I would be interested in A&A following up on this aspect if the case goes to court, to see if that section is used, or whether it is ignored, yet again, by the courts.

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      • Its like FFS people are acting like assult is this new fad on the street. I would much rather our local authorites focus on some of the more pressing issues of NZ society like the binge-drink-driving culture thats so rife or the hideously more violent assults/attacks in the slums of Auckland on a saturday night, not something that would barely blink on the NZPD radar, which in all fairness he probably antagonised the situation even further after being thrown out of a party for being way to intoxicated. He was seen at Family at 1am battered and bleeding..Surely after that you seek some kind of help and not walk into a night club looking for attention.
        I ain’t from NZ but now call it home..but I have absolute and complete faith that the NZPD are out there doing a fab job with the things that actually mattter.

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        • you're absolutely right Jack says:

          yeah…. I wish the police would forget about assaults and focus on things like catching skateboarders trespassing in schools and marijuana smokers.

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          • you're absolutely right Jack says:

            they should also clamp down on people who haven’t paid their car registration

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  3. DecemberGirl says:

    Those three guys were planning a rape. A pack of guys does not all flirt with the same girl. They just don’t. They were looking to hurt somebody. It’s not enough to spread the word that “it’s not safe to walk alone.” How about we teach people to not go around attacking others? How about don’t rape people? How about don’t assault people?

    And speedy recovery to Zakk! You probably saved some woman from getting raped that night.

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  4. ThE LiSp says:

    This sorta shit has gotta stop.
    ThE LiSp is fuking serious.
    I hope they catch these assholes and throw them in jail…

    Auckland IS NOT a safe place to walk around @ night anymore
    The inner city Its a fucking dump IMO

    Where the hell were these guys mates…….

    LOOK AFTER YOUR FRIENDS.
    YOU could be next

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    • Sebastian says:

      Thanks for that, Freddy Foreshadowing.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    sorry but this story gets more dramatic everyday.

    I mean now jews and hitler are being mentioned and he was in a coma in the cbd for 3 hours and no one noticed him ?

    Whatever!!.

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    • Sebastian says:

      “…was dropped off by friends at a boat party about 7pm and was walking back to his apartment in the city centre when three men started to approach…” – Wondering; if he was being dropped off at a boat party, why was he suddenly walking back towards the city? I’ve lived around there (Marina/Central) – it’s one of the most densley populated areas of Auckland and nobody noticed an unconcious kid KO’ed in a gutter? for three whole hours?

      Sorry, but that seems a bit off :/

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      • Anonymous says:

        so are u guys accusing him of lying or embellishing the facts? I was sort of thinking it was weird that he laid there for 3 hours and got up and walked to family, surely he had a cell phone to call someone? Im not saying its a lie but it sounds weird

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  6. Anonymous says:

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  8. Boudreaux Imbruglia says:

    I’ve heard that Zak was DESPERATE to get some publicity for his music and hired JEVAN GOULTER to help raise his profile.
    This whole “I was beaten up” thing is straight out of the Jevan play book don’t you think?

    Money well spent Zak!

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  9. Boudreaux Imbruglia says:

    BOUDREAUX IMBRUGLIA EXCLUSIVE:

    He fell over drunk on the street, was so embarrased to tell anyone this so fabricated this story.
    You heard it here first.

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  10. What a joke! There are quite a few pubs and restuarants down Westhavem. How could all those people even those coming and going from the party not see him? Did they just step over him because he’s got a rep for being a douche?
    Westhaven housing millionns and millions dollars worth of boats, they have a major security systems in place and regular patrols, how did they not see anything?

    Calling bullshit.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Hey Brett

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  11. gummy sue says:

    I assure you this is not bullshit, however I guess it’s expected 3 or 4 degenerates of the wider gay community are using this website to degrade a good friend of mine though. As someone who has not only been a victim of homophobia in the past, and also assisted in the call to police of a crime scene I can actually honestly say I’m surprised he was only lying in the gutter for 3 hours! So many people are just too busy and a human being on the ground near the marina would also just look drunk and crashed out. Those in Auckland are aware that by 3am the gutters outside nightclubs are lined with intoxicated people… It’s not really that hard to get your head around it.

    Also, Zakk doesn’t need the added fame, his bashing photo on Facebook has far less likes than his music video on you tube,… So that angle doesn’t work! And I think jevan would be the last person he would goto for assistance! No offense jevan!!!

    What does everyone get from cutting down a kid that was bashed, discrediting his version of events and even emailing lies and conjecture to gay media,… A gay bashing of someone that you simple are jealous of or dislike is not grounds to rub salt over such fresh wounds. As gummy sue I normally welcome a certain amount of bitchyness and fun in joke poking at my alter ego however I was hoping this story wouldn’t make it to this website cus I know exactly what comments this place attracts here and will continue to attract. No offense Aaron or Andy,… Your website works really well for other things and benefits the community quite a lot but I fear that the 5 or so evil little queens writing these comments undermine your website too much.

    Zakk is a really beautiful and kind person, If any of you actually knew him you wouldn’t be so quick to cut him down. Nobody deserves to be hit or kicked no matter where they are or what they are wearing and Zakk especially not!! Keep your head up Zakk and ignore the fuckwits here 🙂

    Anyways I had my rant and I feel better now.

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    • Anonymous says:

      yo yo Gummy

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  12. Boudreaux Imbruglia says:

    Yo Yo Anonymous:

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    • Anonymous says:

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  13. Boudreaux Imbruglia says:

    Is that all you’ve got?
    I fucking tell you what MOTHER FUCKER, add me on facebook if you DARE.
    I bet you are a right MINGER you little cunt.

    Just look me up and you will see me, I am the only person in the world with that name.

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