According to TMZ, DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen was assaulted outside a Four Seasons hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Monday, March 12. The 59 year-old, one-handed drummer suffered a head injury after being attacked by a teenager.
Allen and his bandmates we're in Florida to perform a co-headlining show with tour mates MOTEY CRUE at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino over the weekend. The drummer had gone outside the hotel to enjoy a cigarette when he was violently attacked by a 19-year old from Ohio.
Police say the teen suspect, Max Hartley, then ran toward Allen at full speed, striking him and knocking him backward and slamming his head on the ground. The report says a woman came out of the hotel to try to help Allen, but Hartley also knocked her to the ground. The woman got up and tried to run back into the hotel, but cops say Hartley grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back outside.
Hartley fled to another hotel nearby, but was ultimately arrested after he allegedly damaged numerous cars in a parking garage. The 19-year-old was booked for elder abuse, battery and criminal mischief. He was later released after posting bail. He declined to comment when approached by Miami's 7 News WSVN and was asked, 'Are you a DEF LEPPARD fan?"
No word yet from the DEF LEPPARD camp on Rick Allen's condition.