Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme kicked a female photographer during a concert on Saturday night and she feels the attack was “obviously very intentional.”
Chelsea Lauren — a photographer who works for an agency called Shutterstock — told Variety the incident, which took place during KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas, was completely unprovoked.
“Josh was coming over and I was pretty excited, I’ve never actually photographed Queens Of The Stone Age before, I was really looking forward to it. I saw him coming over and I was shooting away,” she told Variety. “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. He continued performing, I was startled, I kind of stopped looking at him, I just got down and was holding my face cause it hurt so badly.”
Lauren filmed two more acts before going to the hospital. She posted a video of the kick on Instagram (from the hospital) and captioned the video by writing, “Thanks to @joshhomme @queensofthestoneage I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?”
Lauren told Variety she plans to press charges. Variety said a rep for the band could not immediately be reached for comment.
UPDATE #2: Homme posted an apology on Twitter:
— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 10, 2017
UPDATE #1: Lauren posted an update on her condition on Instagram, writing, “My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I’m a bit nauseous. The doctor released me early in the morning … 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.”
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Thank you everyone that has reached out with supportive messages. A small update, as I'm being flooded with questions: My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I'm a bit nauseous. The doctor released me early in the morning. Here are three images. Two of them as Josh looked at me, smiled and then kicked me. The other one is later after he cut his own face with a knife. I was in the pit in tears – and he just stared at me smiling. 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. KROQ has nothing to do with this and I will always support them. The irony is someone had thrown an ice cube on to the very slick catwalk before the QOTSA set. I was afraid that one of the band members might slip and hurt themselves so, when the lights went dark, I used my arm to wipe down the runway so nobody would hurt themselves. Thank you to @variety for their immediate concern and care with this matter. As of now, nobody from QOTSA has reached out to me. #queensofthestoneage #QOTSA #JoshHomme