Freddie Bentley says he’s ‘nervous’ to leave his house after an alleged ‘unprovoked homophobic attack’ at a pub in Essex last month.
The Circle reality star, 24, was arrested for common assault when Wetherspoon drinkers yelled at him: ‘There’s that gay c*** from the telly,’ with Freddie claiming he defended himself at the time.
While no further action was taken against Freddie after further inspection of CCTV, the television personality says his ‘anxiety’ has increased and he’s shocked such blatant homophobia occurs today.
Speaking out: Freddie Bentley, 24, says he’s ‘nervous’ to leave his house after an alleged ‘unprovoked homophobic attack’ at a pub in Essex last month
Chatting to FUBAR Radio hosts Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on Access All Areas, he said: ‘I haven’t really left the house a great deal because it has scared the s**t out of me.
‘I was actually the victim, but they got away with using a homophobic slur which infuriated me even more. The police then got involved and I was the one who was arrested.
‘My side has been cleared but that side, with the boys, is still happening with the police.
Cruel words: The Circle reality star was arrested for common assault when Wetherspoon drinkers yelled at him: ‘There’s that gay c*** from the telly’ (pictured on show in 2018)
‘I am going to press charges and I am going to make a deal of this because if I don’t act on this, then who else is gonna do it?
‘Obviously I can’t speak about it too much but all I’ve been aware of is that they have been arrested and [the police] are not taking it lightly.’
Freddie was at a pub in Essex where at around 8pm, he claims three men began shouting at him, mentioning his sexuality.
He went over to the group and after speaking to them threw his drink and later scratched a bouncer who tried to make him leave.
The police were called and he was arrested on three counts of common assault.
Essex Police later refused to charge Mr Bentley.
Honest: While no further action was taken against Freddie after further inspection of CCTV, the television personality says his ‘anxiety’ has increased (pictured last month)
Freddie admitted he was surprised at the impact the event has had on him, adding: ‘I think more so than ever it’s been the biggest wake up call for me.
‘It has caused me a little bit of anxiety because I’ve never been started on for my sexuality. Obviously, I’ve had people shout things in the street or doing this and that, but I’ve never been attacked for my sexuality, so it did knock me for six.’
He went on to say he was naive to believe homophobia in such a blatant form was less common these days: ‘Obviously I know that homophobic behaviour does happen, and you get the odd thing on Instagram, you know how it is.
‘But to have it in person, I thought to myself, “you have got so much nerve to think that you can bring me down as a person for something that I am.”
‘The thing that does make me nervously laugh is the fact that it’s actually 2022 and people aren’t secure in themselves enough that they have to try and drag other people down because of their sexuality.
‘I’m going to make something useful out of it and you know, try and turn this negative into a positive.
Astounded: Freddie says he’s shocked such blatant homophobia occurs today (pictured on show in 2018)
‘I am proud and I’m gay and I love helping the younger generation with their sexuality and coming out.
‘It’s not even about raising awareness, it’s about educating people that are so narrow minded about people’s sexuality.
‘What this is coming down to is what people get up to in the bedroom and how they like to express themselves, and people actually lose sleep because other people are with men. It’s ridiculous.’
Freddie previously told The Sun, he first ‘tried to ignore’ the ‘homophobic slurs’ from the three men at The Roebuck, in Rayleigh, Essex.
He said: ‘But they kept shouting over at me. I went over and said ‘are you talking to me?’
‘I felt so attacked because I was on my own. They thought I was weak and picked me at a vulnerable moment.’
Freddie claims he threw his drink at the men and was held by a bouncer who he ‘accidentally caught’ with his hand, causing a scratch to the bouncer’s cheek, while trying to explain he was being ‘homophobically attacked’.
Statement: Freddie admitted he was surprised at the impact the event has had on him and he issued an apology for his part in the incident at the time
Freddie said: ‘It’s 2022 and homophobia is still rife.
‘People can’t help the fact they’re gay or transgender. It’s not OK to victimise someone because you’re different.’
He says he was arrested for throwing the drink, allegedly pushing someone and scratching someone else.
Essex Police told the MailOnline last month: ‘We were called at around 8.15pm on Saturday 26 March following reports of a disturbance at High Street, Rayleigh.
‘We arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of three counts of common assault and criminal damage.
‘The man accepted a community resolution for criminal damage and will not face any further action for any other offences.’
Freddie, an influencer, made it to the final of the Circle in 2018, a reality television programme, which saw contestants housed in one apartment block, but in separate apartments, communicating through their profiles on a social media device called The Circle.
He changed his age in it from 20 to 24 and put his sexual orientation as straight when he identifies as a gay man.
The influencer was beaten by Alex Hobern who catfished his way to victory by pretending he was his real-life girlfriend, Kate.
Shocked: Freddie says he was naive to believe homophobia in such a blatant form was less common these days