Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Attacked Outside Florida Hotel
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was recently assaulted outside a Fort Lauderdale hotel, as News 7 Miami reports. Allen was smoking in the valet section at the Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale when, according to police reports, 19-year-old Max Hartley ran at him at full-speed and tackled him, causing Allen to hit his head on the ground. When a woman from the hotel came to help, the suspect attacked both of them before fleeing the area. He was arrested shortly after at a different hotel, where he was breaking car windows.
Allen, who lost his arm after a car crash in 1984, told police that he intended to prosecute. He was in South Florida for a show that Def Leppard co-headlined with Mötley Crüe that took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino last Sunday.
In other Def Leppard news, the band just announced an orchestral album recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — hear the new rendition of “Animal” here.
UPDATE (3/19): Rick Allen shared a statement on Sunday evening to ABC News: “Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support. Your love and prayers are truly helping,” he said. “My wife Lauren [Monroe] was thankfully not with me at the time of the incident. We are together now, and working on recovering in a safe space.”
“We ask you to join us in our effort to move from confusion and shock to compassion and empathy,” Allen continued. “We understand this act of violence can be triggering for so many people. To all of the fans, veterans and first responders in our global community, we are thinking of you all. Together with love, we can all get through these difficult times.”
Ohio teenager Max Hartley, who was visiting Fort Lauderdale on spring break, was charged with four counts of criminal mischief, one count of misdemeanor battery, and one count of aggravated battery.