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When Calgary's Chris Ball started watching the U.S. election results come in at a bar in California on Tuesday, he probably didn't expect his night to end with a trip to the ER.
Ball, a film producer, said he was attacked for being gay, and his friend believes they were Trump supporters.
He told Metro Calgary that as the polls came in, tensions began to rise in the bar in Santa Monica and people started yelling at him.
"People started launching homophobic slurs at me from afar," he told the newspaper. "I mean, I kind of got into it, but I didn’t want to provoke them.
"They were saying things like, 'We got a new president you f*cking faggots.'"
Chris Ball, a Calgary film producer, says he was attacked in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday night. (Photo: Chris Ball/Facebook)
After he left the bar, a group of men attacked him and smashed a bottle over his head.
Ball's friend, Noah Kentis, posted a photo to Facebook that shows Ball covered in blood from a wound on his head.
"Who cares what the guy behind the podium says, don't smash a beer bottle in someone's face," wrote Kentis, who described the attackers as Trump supporters.
Ball told Metro that five staples were needed to close the gash on his head, and that the Facebook picture made the wound look worse than it was.
"Thank you everyone for the support and good vibes," Ball posted on his Facebook profile Wednesday. "Just wanted to say I'm alive and well. And still very gay."
Ball told Metro that he feels the attack was fuelled by homophobia, and not politics.
However, Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the Santa Monica police said there has no report to the department of such an attack, and that local hospital records revealed no one admitted or treated for such an incident.
"We encourage the alleged victim to come forward and work with us if a crime did in fact take place," Rodriguez said in an email to The Huffington Post Canada on Thursday.
Repeated attempts to reach Ball for comment have not yet been returned.