BOSTON (AP) – A Framingham man accused of attacking three gay men and their female friend in a suspected hate crime has pleaded not guilty.

Fabio Brandao was freed Tuesday after posting $10,000 cash bail following his arraignment at Boston Municipal Court on four civil rights violations.

The victims told police they were in Boston’s South End on Aug. 24 when a car pulled beside them and four men inside began shouting homophobic slurs. The men then allegedly got out of the car and attacked them.

A prosecutor said the victims gave police a license plate number, and they traced the car to Brandao.

He said Brandao’s cell phone was also found at the scene.

Brandao’s attorney said the evidence might put his client at the scene, but that doesn’t mean he was part of the attack.

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