Four teenage boys charged over homophobic attack on London bus

Four teenage boys have been charged in connection with a May attack against a lesbian couple on a London bus, police said Thursday.

The boys, who are between the ages of 15 and 17, have each been charged with an aggravated hate crime, London Metropolitan Police said. They also face other charges, including theft and cannabis possession, and are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 21, police said.

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The charges are in connection with a May incident involving Melania Geymonat and her American girlfriend, Chris, who said they were on their way home at about 2:30 a.m. after a night out when they noticed four men sitting behind them on the bus.

When the individuals figured out the two women were a couple, they made “lewd and homophobic comments,” police said in May.

They then insisted that the women kiss; when the couple refused, the men attacked them and punched them “several times” before running off the bus, police said.