LBC’s Maajid Nawaz revealed he was brutally beaten by a racist thug after he tried to defend an Asian family.
The 41-year-old was attacked by the vile yob who cops believe put a “key” inbetween his knuckles when he assaulted the radio presenter outside the Soho theatre on Monday.
Twitter / Maajid Nawaz The 41-year-old was attacked by the vile yob who cops believe put a “key” in between his knuckles when he assaulted the radio presenter outside the Soho theatre on Monday
Mr Nawaz noticed the man was mocking an Asian family because “they weren’t English” before he intervened and asked why he was being racist.
The radio personality said: “Immediately he turned to me and started coming up too close to my face and he said ‘he was going burn my eyes out.’ which I thought was a strange thing to say.”
Mr Nawaz, who is also the chairman of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank, added: “So I did what I’ve done once before, when Jihadists have done this to me – expect they didn’t leave me with a black eye and a cut forehead
“I pulled my phone out to record him so that would act as a deterrent, knowing he’s on my phone, hopefully I was thinking he wouldn’t attack me, but before I could hit record with my phone, he swatted my phone out of my hand and it went flying.
I bent down and without any warning he ran up from behind uppercutted me in the face with some form of object in his hand. There was blood everywhere.”Maajid Nawaz
“I bent down to retrieve my phone and all of my cards which had spilled all over the floor and as I bent down and without any warning he ran up from behind uppercutted me in the face, in the forehead with some form of object in his hand.
“The police said it might have been a key that he put between his knuckles next thing I know he’s run away after he called me an f**king P**i
“There was blood everywhere. The manager of the Soho theatre came out with an ice pack.”
Praise for Londoners
The radio presenter also praised Londoners who came to his aid after the vile attack.
He said: “The immediate love that I received after the attack kept me sane.
“All the people that helped me were white and yet here was a white man trying to draw a division between me and my country.”
Mr Nawaz described the assailant as being white, with tattoos covering both arms with cropped hair.
Cops have still not found the thug
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that no arrests had been made in relation to the alleged attack.
A spokesman said: “Officers were called at around 19.10hrs on Monday, 18 February, to a report of a racially aggravated assault in Dean Street, W1.door
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“Officers attended the location. The suspect had made off prior to the arrival of police.
“An investigation has been launched. There has been no arrest at this stage.
“Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 6324.”
PA:Press Association The LBC radio presenter was getting cash from an ATM when he noticed an Asian family were being mocked
Alamy The viscous attack took place outside the Soho theatre in Central London
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