LBC radio presenter Maajid Nawaz was called a “f**king p***” and punched in the face outside a theatre in London this evening by a “white male assailant”.
Maajid said that the thug him in the face and ran off, leading him to believe it was purely a racial attack. Here’s what we know so far.
Who is Maajid Nawaz?
As well as working for LBC radio, Maajid is an activist and is the founding chairman for Quilliam – a counter-extremism organisation.
A British-Pakistani born in Essex, Maajid speaks English, Arabic and Urdu and was awarded an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.
A former Islamist, he spent four years in an Egyptian jail after the authorities learned he was part of the extremist group.
He has also written a book called ‘Radical’ – his life story.
Sharing a picture of bloody and battered face, he tweeted: “Tonight I was racially attacked while alone outside Soho theatre, from behind, as I bent down to pick up my phone.
“The white male assailant called me a “fu**king P***” as he hit me in the face with maybe a signet ring & ran away like a coward. He took nothing. He was just a racist.”
He added: “The police have his face on CCTV. My forehead will probably be scarred for life. But we will find you, you racist coward, and you will face British justice.”
Maajid also told people not to contact him but thanked supporters for their “love”.