Josh Homme, frontman of the hard rock group, Queens of the Stone Age, issued an apology on both Instagram and Twitter, last night, after a video was posted of him kicking a concert photographer in the face during a performance in Los Angeles.
The incident occurred during the band’s performance at the L.A. radio station KROQ’s 28th annual holiday concert, on Saturday, when Homme kicked Chelsea Lauren, a photographer for Shutterstock, who claimed the incident was “unprovoked” and “intentional.”
In an interview with Variety, the photographer said, “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. 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.”
She returned to the press room, and then back out to the photo pit to take shots of Thirty Seconds to Mars and Muse, but went for treatment later that night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. While there, she showed the video to a social worker who encouraged her to press charges.
On her Instagram, Lauren updated the public on her condition following the incident. “Thank you everyone, that has reached out with supportive messages. A small update, as I’m being flooded with questions: My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I’m a bit nauseous. The doctor released me early in the morning,” she said. “Here are three images. Two of them as Josh looked at me, smiled and then kicked me. The other one is later after he cut his own face with a knife. I was in the pit in tears – and he just stared at me smiling. Assault in any form is not okay, no matter what the reasoning. Alcohol and drugs are no excuse. I was where I was allowed to be, I was not breaking any rules. I was simply trying to do my job.”
In response to the video, Homme issued an apology of his own, in which he openly admits, “I was a dick, and I’m truly sorry, and I hope you’re okay.” Homme breaks down how disappointed he is for his actions in a two-part candid confession on Instagram.
“I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that,” Homme said. “That means I failed my family and my friends as well. I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing me. And so I apologize also to my bandmates, and my mom, my dad, my wife, my brother and my kids. I’m gonna have to figure out some stuff, I think because rock & roll is a wonderful thing. It’s supposed to save and help people, not mess them up. So Chelsea Lauren: I hope you’re OK, and I’m truly sorry. And I understand you have to do whatever you have to do. I just want you to know that I’m sorry. Goodnight, godspeed.”
It is unclear if Lauren still hopes to press charges as of press time.