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Gay man charged in brawl pleads not guilty

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DULUTH -- A Duluth man who said he was beaten because he is gay and was charged with assault along with several others in a May 26 incident pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Max Andrew Pelofske, 22, said he plans to take his case to trial.

Pelofske told police that he was attacked during a gravel pit party after he was asked if he was gay and responded, "Yes, I'm gay; Is that a problem?" A fight allegedly ensued in which a few people sustained minor injuries, including Pelofske.

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