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. 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.”
As of this writing, Chelsea has not accepted his apology and plans to press charges. We will keep you posted.