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February 8, 2023

‘Drunk A-hole’ EY Senior Consultant Arrested By NYPD For Allegedly Beating Up Gay Couple

It has not been a good week for fellas with the last name of McNamara who work or who have worked at EY.

Brandon McNamara, 25, who reportedly is a senior consultant with EY, was arrested by the New York Police Department on Sept. 26 and faces a slew of charges for the alleged beating of two gay men in Brooklyn on Sept. 23, according to the New York Post.

In a statement emailed to Going Concern, EY spokesperson John La Place said McNamara “has been suspended from the firm pending the active investigation of this matter. The alleged conduct is abhorrent to all EY stands for including our culture of diversity and inclusion. We refer all inquiries to the local authorities.”

McNamara, who lives in Queens, allegedly attacked the two men, ages 29 and 30, after they just left the Metropolitan, a gay bar in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, early on Sunday, the New York Post reported.

This guy sounds like a real winner:

[McNamara] called them “f—–s” before knocking them unconscious, according to police and witnesses.

“He just sucker-punched me and was a drunk a-hole,” the 30-year-old victim, who asked not to be identified, told The Post in recounting the assault.

According to police, McNamara then slammed the 29-year-old man against a tree, also knocking him unconscious, before fleeing the scene.

The 30-year-old victim suffered a fractured shoulder, while the other man has a broken finger.

NYPD released an image of McNamara after the attack and asked the community to help identify him. McNamara turned himself into the NYPD on Wednesday morning.

McNamara was charged with assault as a hate crime, two counts of assault, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and harassment as a hate crime in the first and second degrees, according to the New York Post.

Earlier this week, a former EY partner, Karen Ward, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the firm of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation.

Ward, who was hired by the Big 4 firm in 2013 and was promoted to partner in the Transaction Real Estate group within EY’s Transaction Advisory Services division in 2015, alleges that her first supervisor at EY, Principal Michael McNamara, made lewd comments about her breasts, frequently suggested that she accompany him to strip clubs, texted her at 2 a.m. while on a work trip asking her to meet him for drinks, and regularly used offensive language around her.

Attempts by Going Concern to reach McNamara, who was fired by EY in 2015, for comment have been unsuccessful.

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