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- The lead singer of Queens of the Stone Age appeared to kick a photographer at a concert on Saturday.
- Photographer Chelsea Lauren said Josh Homme “looked at me, smiled and then kicked me.”
- Homme said he was “in a state of being lost in performance” and didn’t mean to kick her.
Queens of the Stone Age lead singer Josh Homme appeared to kick a concert photographer during his show, which sent her to hospital.
Josh Homme, who founded the rock group, appeared to kick Chelsea Lauren in the head as she held up her camera to film him in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Watch the moment the incident happened in the video below, which Lauren uploaded to Instagram:
Lauren wrote in her caption: “Thanks to @joshhomme @queensofthestoneage I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?”
She said in an ensuing post that the 44-year-old singer “looked at me, smiled and then kicked me. […]
“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,” she said. “I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself.”
She added that she had a sore neck and a bruised eyebrow, but that she has since been discharged from hospital.
After the show, Homme apologised to Lauren via Twitter, explaining he was “in a state of being lost in performance” and that he didn’t mean to kick her.
— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 10, 2017
He added in a second apology: “I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I was a total d**k. I want to be a good man but last night I definitely failed.”
This is not the first time Homme has been in trouble for his behaviour during one of his shows. In 2008, he threw a bottle at a fan after accusing him of throwing an item toward the stage.