Singer and guitarist Josh Homme performs during the concert of the US rock band Queens of the Stone Age at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.
Singer and guitarist Josh Homme performs during the concert of the US rock band Queens of the Stone Age at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. AP Photo - MTI, Janos Marjai

Singer kicks photographer in the face on stage

QUEEN of the Stone Age's lead singer, Josh Homme, kicked a photographer in the face while performing on stage on the weekend.

The incident took place as Chelsea Lauren was snapping photos in the front row at the KROQ Acoustic Christmas gig in Los Angeles, which also featured Thirty Seconds To Mars and Muse.

"Josh [Homme] 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," Ms Lauren told Variety.

 

"I saw him coming over and I was shooting away. 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 because it hurt so badly."

The photographer continued working at the concert but later sought medical treatment at a nearby hospital. She told Variety that she's planning to press charges against the singer.

"I feel like if I don't do anything, he gets to kick people in the face and not get in trouble because he's a musician," she said. "That's not right."

After kicking Ms Lauren, Homme reportedly pulled out a knife on stage and cut his head open.

He can be seen bleeding in several photos from the gig.

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs with a bloody face onstage during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 in Los Angeles
Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs with a bloody face onstage during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 in Los Angeles

 

The singer has since released a statement about the incident on social media.



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