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Actor Leslie Jordan Confronts Men Yelling Anti-Gay Slurs At WeHo Starbucks

WEST HOLLYWOOD ( — When three men entered a West Hollywood Starbucks and began yelling anti-gay slurs, they found a formidable opponent in Leslie Jordan, the diminutive character actor known for his Southern accent and roles on TV shows such as "Will and Grace."

After the verbal attack, witnesses said Jordan, who is gay, followed the men outside the Santa Monica Boulevard coffee shop. When one of the men lunged at Jordan, the actor is said to have thrown his iced tea at the man.

"Leslie Jordan ran out to tell them, 'Get out of our house. Get out of here," witness Joseph Daniels told CBS2/KCAL9's Peter Daut. "I just think he's a Southern belle that snapped."

Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene shortly after and questioned and arrested the three men, who were later released. A sheriff's official said deputies documented the disturbance as a "hate incident," although no charges were filed.

Jordan's actions have made him a hero to many in West Hollywood.

"He stood up for the community, for all of us," local resident Pati Arana said.

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