Cornell student charged with hate crime in attack

Tompkins County

A white Cornell University student has been charged with a hate crime related to a September incident that police say may have been racially motivated.

The Tompkins County District Attorney's Office announced Monday it had added the new charge against 19-year-old John Greenwood. Ithaca police charged Greenwood with assault in September after a black student said he was attacked by several people who yelled racial slurs outside his home near Cornell's campus.

The district attorney also charged Greenwood with aggravated harassment and criminal mischief.

After Greenwood's arrest, attorney Ray Schlather, said his client "was in no way involved in any physical altercation of any kind."

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Greenwood issued a statement in September apologizing for using "unacceptable and inappropriate" language.

Neither Greenwood nor Schlather immediately responded to requests for comment Monday.

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