Knott testifies she did not strike couple in Center City assault

A young woman charged with taking part in a group assault on a gay couple in Philadelphia said she didn’t strike anyone or use gay slurs.

Kathryn Knott took the stand Tuesday in her own defense in the September 2014 attack that left one man with a broken jaw and severe facial injuries.

She testified that she ran toward the fight initially to try to defuse it.

Two co-defendants have pleaded guilty and gotten probation — and were barred from downtown — but 25-year-old Knott is fighting the charges.

The Bucks County resident faces several years in prison if convicted of aggravated assault and other charges.

Prosecutors say Knott and her friends were out on the town when they encountered the couple and started spewing profanity-laced slurs. Before long, the two were being pummeled.

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