Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen attacked outside a Florida hotel
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was attacked outside a hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week.
The 59-year-old drummer was reportedly smoking a cigarette near valet parking at the Four Seasons Hotel And Residences in Fort Lauderdale when a 19-year-old male suspect ran up to the musician and knocked him over.
The attack caused Allen to fall and hit his head on the ground, resulting in injuries, according to police.
The Independent has reached out to Allen’s rep for comment.
The person who allegedly punched Allen has been identified as Max Hartley. He is also said to have attacked a woman who came to the drummer’s aid as he fell.
Accordingly FoxNewsHartley punched the woman before attempting to run back to the hotel.
He was later arrested by police in the parking lot of a neighboring hotel, the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hilton.
According to authorities, he was found by employees of the Conrad Hotel in the parking garage, where he allegedly damaged vehicles.
The attacker was accused of abusing an elderly or disabled person without much harm.
Allen also made a statement to police, saying he wants Hartley punished.
Authorities released tapes of the 911 calls that led to Hartley’s arrest, Fox News reported.
“Apparently a guest, a guy attacked her and actually beat her up outside our building,” a Four Seasons woman told police.
Another caller who saw Hartley break into his restaurant near the Four Seasons Hotel said, “Get the police over here immediately, I’m on a bloody suspect.”
“I sat in front. This guy, I caught him throwing chairs at our place and then he ran away,” explained another man in the same call.
“I’ve had someone walking around smashing windows and also beating up a few guests at the Four Seasons,” said a caller from the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hilton.
Allen lost one of his arms after a car accident on the A57 near Sheffield in December 1984. In November last year, the drummer told page six that he had to re-teach himself how to play the drums.
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