Playwright Jon Robin Baitz Assaulted

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The Vicuña playwright was the victim of a “suspected hate crime” on the eve of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
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Jon Robin Baitz was assaulted by a drunk Trump supporter in Washington, D.C., January 20, according to Vanity Fair. The playwright was in the nation’s capital to support the Women’s March on January 21, a protest movement in response to President Trump’s divided inauguration.

Baitz told the publication that he and his husband were dining with friends when they were approached by a group of “exhilarated and pointedly celebratory, loud happy Trump people.” One of the men hurled anti-Semitic insults at Baitz and threatened to kill him before pushing him and throwing him to the ground.

The writer has filed charges for assault, and, according to Variety, a public incident report provided by the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police has listed the attack as a “suspected hate crime.”

Pulitzer Prize finalist Baitz recently penned the politically charged satire Vicuña, which follows a real estate tycoon and reality TV star who wants to be President. The play, which seems particularly timely, received its world premiere last fall at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Women’s March in D.C. coincided with protest marches all around the world, including New York City.

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