Stone Age Josh Homme apologises for kicking woman
QUEENS Of The Stone Age rocker Josh Homme had some apologising to do after kicking a female photographer in the face.
Chelsea Lauren posted a clip on Instagram of the incident, which happened at a concert in California on Saturday night — and it clearly shows the band’s frontman lashing out at a woman with his foot.
‘Thanks to Josh Homme,’ she captioned it, ‘I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?’
Homme issued an initial apology, saying that he had been ‘lost in performance’ and believed he was kicking over some stage lighting.
But he later posted an emotional video, saying: ‘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.’
The incident means that two CBeebies bedtime stories Josh had recorded are to be put on ice ‘until the matter is resolved’, according to a BBC spokesperson. One has already aired in the pre-kids’ bedtime slot.
Lauren — who has been left with a bruised face, sore neck and nausea — insists the incident was ‘intentional’.
She told Variety: ‘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.’
Homme apologised profusely in the video he posted on Twitter.
‘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 apologise to Chelsea Lauren.
‘I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did … and I’m truly sorry and I hope you’re okay.
‘I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them, and I apologise for that to you. I want to be a good man but I think last night I definitely failed at that.’
Homme also apologised to his bandmates, his family and friends.
‘I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing me,’ he said.
‘I’m going to have to figure out some stuff I think.’
Author: Anna Thomson