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Bigot Busted For Bashing Gay Man With A Rock In Bronx

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Kevin Kiadii, 29

A crazed bigot smashed a gay man — who once accused the actor who voiced Elmo of victimizing him — in the head with a rock and a pipe, officials said.

Kevin Kiadii, 29, a professional make-up artist from Bronx, was walking near his home at about 6:35 p.m. Tuesday when Kane Sekou, 40, of Harlem spit at his feet.

"That was rude," Kiadii said, and Sekou followed him inside and set upon him, sources said.

Sekou grabbed a rock and threw it at Kiadii’s head, then picked a pipe off the ground and struck him with it.

Kiadii was on his way home from his barber when he encountered Sekou, who was sitting on scaffolding outside his building.

Cops grabbed Sekou at the scene. He was charged with a hate crime, assault, menacing, harassment and illegal weapons possession.

Paramedics took Kiadii to St. Barnabas Hospital with a deep gash to his head. The makeup artist suffered a borderline concussion, a fracture in the right eye and lacerations to the right side of his head in the latest attack.

Sekou has five prior arrests, including three for marijuana possession and one for turnstile jumping.

It was at least the second time that Kiadii has been victimized for his gender orientation.

In 2013, cops arrested five men who they say screamed anti-gay slurs as they beat Kiadii outside Prospect Park in Brooklyn, sources said.


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Elizabeth Dilts

is currently pursuing a masters at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Dilts came to New York City from Shanghai, China, where she worked as an editor with the English-language City Weekend magazine. Prior to that, Dilts spent a year in Nanjing, China, with a bilingual, Mandarin-English magazine and a stint in Tianjin, China, with a business publication. Looking to use her Mandarin back in the United States, Dilts is covering Flushing, Queens, one of New York’s four Chinatowns. A native of Gary, Indiana., Dilts received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. While in China, she reported on Internet usage among young adults and the education issues faced by multi-ethnic children raised in China.