Queens Of The Stone Age Frontman Apologizes For Kicking Female Photographer

Queens Of The Stone Age Frontman Apologizes For Kicking Female Photographer

Queens Of The Stone Age Frontman Apologizes For Kicking Female Photographer

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme sharply and violently kicked a female photographer in the face during the band’s set at a radio festival in Los Angeles on Saturday night (December 9th). The photographer, Chelsea Lauren, said the incident was unprovoked and that Homme was even smiling before he struck her. She said the kick was “obviously very intentional.” Video of the incident has surfaced online. Homme released a statement on Sunday (December 10th), calling the incident an accident. He explained, “Last night, while in a state of being lost in performance, I kicked over various lighting and equipment on our stage. Today it was brought to my attention that this included a camera held by photographer Chelsea Lauren. I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry. I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology.” In the video, Homme can be seen walking past Lauren, then backtracking a step to kick away her camera. Lauren recalled, “I saw (Homme) coming over and I was shooting away. The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face, really hard. He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face.” Lauren returned to the pit to shoot Thirty Seconds To Mars and Muse, but went for treatment later that night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She planned to file a police report and possibly press charges. Minutes after the incident, Lauren said Homme took out what appeared to be a knife and deliberately cut his own forehead, dripping blood for the rest of the performance. That same night, Homme referred to the audience as “retards” and insulted Muse, the headliners, saying, “F**k Muse!” He also encouraged the crowd to boo him and told everyone to take their pants off. It is unknown whether Homme was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Lauren, who said she was still suffering from a sore neck, a bruised eyebrow and nausea on Sunday, posted images of Homme that she took just as he kicked at her. She wrote, “Assault in any form is not okay, no matter what the reasoning. Alcohol and drugs are no excuse. I was where I was allowed to be, I was not breaking any rules. I was simply trying to do my job. I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself . . . As of now, nobody from QOTSA has reached out to me.” Queens Of The Stone Age are touring in support of their seventh studio album, Villains.

Source: Variety/Photo Courtesy of PR Photos

 

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