A US news anchor could be left with permanent eye damage after being assaulted in a suspected homophobic attack.
Matt Belanger, an Emmy-winning news anchor for 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was injured in an unprovoked attack on a train platform while on his way to work last week (12 May), City Pages reports.
In a video shared to Facebook, Belanger revealed he was struck by an object thrown from close-range by a man he did not know, causing internal bleeding to his eye.
He added that he while he expected to make a full recovery, doctors had warned him he was at risk of long-term damage to his vision.
Police have arrested a man in connection with the attack, and believe Belanger may have been targeted because of his perceived sexuality.
Vennie Williams, 39, is facing one count of third-degree assault with substantial bodily harm and another for harassment with intent to injure.
The maximum punishment of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.