A Tennessee college student recalled his experience of witnessing his boyfriend, who wore a red dress to his prom night, being harassed by a middle-aged man in downtown Franklin, Tennessee, on April 24.
Jacob Geittmann self-recorded videos on April 25 talking through the confrontation between his 18-year-old boyfriend, Dalton Stevens, and Sam Johnson at the Harpeth Hotel.
In these videos, Geittmann says Johnson threw “homophobic banter” at Stevens and criticized Steven’s dress. Geittmann also says his phone was slapped to the ground by Johnson while he was trying to record the dispute.
Storyful licensed a separate video that Geittmann recorded on April 24 which shows Johnson saying Stevens looks “like an idiot.”
The Franklin Police Department told Storyful it was called to respond to the hotel at 6.55 pm on Saturday after the hotel management called to report an “unwanted person.” Johnson’s former company, VisuWell, issued a statement on Monday announcing that Johnson had been fired from his CEO position, and that the company condemned Johnson’s behavior “unequivocally.”
In statements to Newsweek and the right-wing Daily Wire website, Johnson denied all allegations of homophobia and wrongdoing, and claimed the interaction “wasn’t anything personal or involving a dress.” Johnson said the teenagers were “loudly cursing” and “were only there to take pictures and cause a public scene,” the reports said. He also denied following Stevens, telling the Daily Wire he was walking back to his family at a restaurant inside. Credit: Jacob Geittmann via Storyful