Man charged in gay Pinoy journalist's mauling

Posted at 01/30/2014 12:36 AM | Updated as of 01/30/2014 7:25 PM
Randy Gener

NEW YORK -- Police have charged a 24-year-old man from Queens, New York for attacking a Filipino-American journalist in Midtown Manhattan last week.

Charged with second-degree assault is Leighton Jennings of Jamaica, who punched Randy Gener in the face as he was walking home from a party on January 17, NBC reported.

Gener, 46, suffered head trauma and has been in and out of consciousness since the assault, reports from NBC said.

A portion of his skull had to be removed to allow his brain to swell.

Doctors also said it would take Gener more than six months to fully recover from his injuries.

The attack, according to his family, may be attributed to a hate crime, as Gener's wallet was not taken by the suspect.

Gener is openly gay.

His family held a candle light vigil in Midtown, New York Sunday night, to show their support for Gener, an award-winning editor, writer, critic, journalist and conceptual artist in New York City.

His credits include The New York Times, NPR, New York Magazine, The Star Ledger, Time Out New York and the New York Daily News.

He was also a recipient of the 2009 George Jean Nathan Award – The Pulitzer Prize equivalent in theater writing and dramatic criticism.

It was not mentioned in reports, however, if Jennings took the services of a lawyer.