- The Washington Times - Monday, June 12, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) — A singer suffered a broken jaw and other injuries in an attack by a group yelling anti-homosexual slurs, yet he hopes to perform again by the end of the month, police and his publicist said.

Kevin Aviance, 38, whose songs have topped the Billboard dance chart, underwent surgery at a hospital, publicist Len Evans said.

Four persons were arrested on hate-crime charges, police said.

Mr. Aviance’s jaw is wired shut, but he hopes to perform in the city’s Gay Pride parade at the end of the month, Mr. Evans said. “He’s going to try to get his strength back so that he can perform,” he said.

Mr. Aviance’s song “Alive” hit the top of the chart in 2002. His other popular songs have included “Give It Up,” released in 2004, and “Din Da Da,” which topped the Billboard dance chart in 1997.

A group of six or seven men attacked the singer early Saturday on a corner in Manhattan’s East Village, Mr. Evans said.

Mr. Aviance performs in women’s clothing but was “dressed like a boy” when he was attacked, Mr. Evans said.

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