If Billy had beaten up Lucas (like he was abou…

If Billy had beaten up Lucas (like he was about to) instead of Steve, or had he beaten them both up, do you think the viewers defending him would be as forgiving toward his actions?

I mean the way I see it, he did beat up Lucas, he threw him into a cudboard, the only difference is he has less physical injuries. As it is people already forgive his actions towards Lucas or try to ignore them, I guess if he had more obvious bruises and stuff like Steve it would be harder to ignore and more people would frown upon it but I still think the same people would ignore his toxic behaviour.