Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has alleged his godson Sean was punched after objecting to a man using gay slurs and tearing down rainbow flags put up in Brisbane to support marriage equality.
Rudd posted a photo of Brisbane musician Sean Foster bleeding from a cut to his forehead to his Instagram, writing: “So many warnings to Turnbull about what this postal vote could unleash. Now my godson Sean has been punched while sitting at his bus stop, for objecting when a man began ripping down rainbow banners and hurling verbal abuse.”
Queensland Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident and took a statement from a 19-year-old man who said he was attempting to “prevent a man from taking down rainbow flags on Lytton Rd, Bulimba when he was assaulted” at around 9:00am on Tuesday.
Organisers of the “Bulimba 4 Marriage Equality” Facebook page, who did not see the attack firsthand, claimed in a social media post that Sean was attacked at a bus stop after he confronted a man pulling down rainbow flags and yelling “I hate fucking f—ts,” to which Sean replied “That’s okay, I don’t like you.”
It’s alleged the man asked if Sean had called him a homophobe, to which Sean replied yes before the man punched Sean.
Rudd’s wife Therese Rein tweeted that she was “so grateful to the Brisbane City Council bus driver who stopped, got first aid kit, and looked for perpetrator.”