Leslie Jordan Confronts Men Yelling Anti-Gay Slurs at Starbucks; Will & Grace Actor Hailed as Local Hero

Four-foot-eleven star reportedly threw an iced beverage on one of the homophobic men and yelled for them to "get out of my house"

By Rebecca Macatee Jul 31, 2015 7:42 PMTags
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UPDATE: Leslie Jordan is speaking out on Facebook about his highly publicizied Starbucks run.

"Truth be told it was 'sweet' iced tea, not coffee. I am a 'sweet' mannered Southern boy who was taught not to start a fight. Nobody ever told me I could not end one. I refused to sit and watch these hate crimes continue. I guess our work for equality is not done yet!" he wrote on Facebook. "I'm being hailed a hero which is all well and good but I lost my temper. My heroes in life always kept their cool."


Leslie Jordan is small but he is mighty!

The 4-foot-11 actor is being hailed as a local hero after standing up a group of men yelling anti-gay slurs at a West Hollywood Starbucks. Authorities confirmed to E! News that around 11 a.m. Wednesday, three men were in line at the Santa Monica Boulevard coffee shop and shouting homophobic comments.

Joseph Daniels, a photographer who witnessed the incident, told Wehoville.com that when one of the men asked to leave by a Starbucks employee, he  "was screaming and pointing, you will die f--king, f--gots.." In response to this, Leslie reportedly yelled at the men to leave, saying, "get out of my house!"

When the unruly patrons did leave Starbucks, the former Will & Grace actor followed them outside, where an argument ensued. Per an eyewitness, one of the men "lunged at Leslie to hit him," at which point the actor threw an iced drink back at him. Authorities confirmed to E! News that more than one iced beverage was thrown during the altercation, but they would not specify who threw which drink at whom.

In any case, deputies from West Hollywood Sheriff's Station came to to the scene. No arrests were made, and although no charges were filed, local CBS affiliate KCAL9 said deputies documented the disturbance as a "hate incident."

Leslie, who is openly gay, is being a hailed as a local hero for his actions. As one local resident put it, "He stood up for the community., for all of us."

The actor was not immediately available to return E! News' request for comment.

—Reporting by Baker Machado