Jovanni Valle was brutally attacked to the extent of a broken nose, and lacerations requiring 15 stitches after being hit with a broken glass bottom. His crime? Wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Now, a New York City plastic surgeon is going to operate on Valle free of charge and in turn give him a new lease on life.
A New York City plastic surgeon performed surgery on a Brooklyn man’s face free of charge after the man suffered multiple injuries to his face when someone allegedly attacked him for wearing a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat.
Jovanni Valle, 26, suffered a broken nose and a laceration on his cheek requiring 15 stitches after being hit with a broken glass bottle over his head July 7 at a Bulgarian bar called Mehanata on the Lower East Side at 3:30 a.m., the New York Postreported.
Valle, who often goes by “Jovi Val,” said he and 15 of his friends came to the bar from a book party for former Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ book Dangerous.
He said he was dancing when his Trump hat fell off and a female bar patron “repeatedly” stomped on it.
“That’s enough, what are you doing?” Valle asked the woman.
“I hate this hat, I hate you,” the woman responded.
Valle said that as he put his hand on her shoulder, the woman’s boyfriend hit him from behind.
When Dr. Joseph Pober’s office assistant showed him a video of Valle getting smacked in the head with the bottle, Dr. Pober immediately wanted to see what he could do to help.
“This is something that had to be done. When I heard about this I was shocked,” Dr. Pober said. “It’s freedom of speech that is being attacked and assaulted. … I can’t imagine that anyone in America would viciously assault you, break your nose and slice your face with a broken beer bottle.”
Valle, who is uninsured, received his initial treatment for his injuries in the emergency room before Dr. Pober evaluated him.