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New York Gay Bar Claims It Was Hacked After Angry Tweets To Bill De Blasio And Al Sharpton

"There is not a place in hell dark enough for you. You are the most disgusting person on the planet. Please may your fate find you," @BoxersNYC tweeted to Rev. Sharpton.

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A New York City chain of gay sports bars has apologized for a series of tweets sent from its account Saturday night in the wake of the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers, telling BuzzFeed News the account "was obviously hacked."

"There is not a place in hell dark enough for you. You are the most disgusting person on the planet. Please may your fate find you," an account belonging to BoxersNYC tweeted in reply to a post from the Rev. Al Sharpton condemning the officers' murder.

Bar owner Bob Fluet said he first became aware of the tweets when BuzzFeed News contacted him on Sunday afternoon.

"Someone has obviously hacked the account," Fluet said, describing himself as "not a tech-savvy person."

Fluet said the bar's social media manager was traveling at the time of the tweets and was also surprised and shocked to learn they had been posted, suggesting someone might have the account's password and may have "snuck in."

"If it's someone trying to obviously hurt us in some way, we're going to have to do our homework, but it's not us," he said. "Somebody's trying to make us look bad."

The tweets were deleted from the account, but screenshots were widely shared on social media.

The bar later apologized for the posts on Twitter:

Would like to apologize to our customers & LGBT coomunity for the tweets sent from our account. It was just brough to our attention.

BOXERS HK & CHELSEA@BoxersNYCFollow

Would like to apologize to our customers & LGBT coomunity for the tweets sent from our account. It was just brough to our attention.

4:30 PM - 21 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We would like to apologize to our followers & the LGBT community, The previous tweets do not reflect our view as our account was compromised

BOXERS HK & CHELSEA@BoxersNYCFollow

We would like to apologize to our followers & the LGBT community, The previous tweets do not reflect our view as our account was compromised

4:33 PM - 21 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Management & Ownership are shocked by these postings & we are looking into how we coud have been hacked.

BOXERS HK & CHELSEA@BoxersNYCFollow

Management & Ownership are shocked by these postings & we are looking into how we coud have been hacked.

4:33 PM - 21 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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