The lead singer and guitarist for a popular rock band issued a series of apologies today after injuring a photographer when he kicked her camera as she photographed a concert Saturday night.
Josh Homme, the founder and leader of Queens of the Stone Age, posted a series of videos on the band’s Instagram account apologizing to photographer Chelsea Lauren and others over the incident, which was captured on video. You can see a clip of the incident below.
Lauren posted an update on her Instagram site Sunday, telling followers: “My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I’m a bit nauseous. The doctor released me early in the morning.”
She posted images taken during the incident, showing Homme apparently smiling at her before kicking her, along with a photo showing Homme with a bloody face.
“Here are three images. Two of them as Josh looked at me, smiled and then kicked me,” Lauren wrote. “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.”
Lauren also wrote on Instagram: “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.”
The incident took place during the KROQ Acoustic Christmas concert in Inglewood, Calif. Lauren, who was treated overnight at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, reportedly planned to file a police report.
In his apology videos, Homme said: “Last night at a Queens of the Stone Age performance, I kicked the camera of a photographer, and that camera hit the photographer in the face, and the photographer’s name was Chelsea Lauren. I’d just like to apologize to Chelsea Lauren. I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. … I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, and last night was definitely one of them. And I apologize for that to you.”
He later added: “I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that. That means I failed my family and my friends as well. I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing me. And so I apologize also to my bandmates, my mom and my dad, my wife, my brother and my kids. I’m gonna have to figure out some stuff, I think, ‘cuz rock ‘n’ roll is a wonderful thing. It’s supposed to save and help people, not mess them up. So Chelsea Lauren: I hope you’re OK, and I’m truly sorry. And I understand you have to do whatever you have to do. I just want you to know that I’m sorry. Goodnight, godspeed.”
Here’s a clip of the incident from Saturday’s concert, with the kick taking place at the 9-second mark …