Rock n' roll is known for its aggressive, no-holds-barred culture of behavior that often teeters on the edge of being bad and then occasionally jumps off that edge into seriously scary territory.
There's this romantic imagery of musicians bleeding on their instruments, trashing sets, breaking set designs, and jumping into their audience for some type of cathartic, half-dance, half-battle artistic fit of passion.
You can imagine that there are moments where rock stars take that kind of "baditude" too far, or some just use it as a smokescreen to justify behaving like scumbags.
I'm not necessarily saying that's what happened with Queens of the Stone Age guitarist and frontman, Josh Homme, but there are tons of people who are convinced he did just that when he allegedly kicked a female photographer in the head.
Chelsea Lauren was hired to take photos of acts at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show in California this past Sunday night when guitarist Josh Homme, wrapped up in his guitar playing, kicked her face as she was snapping photos of him.
She managed to capture the pictures just before and after in happened. Another concert-goer caught the kick on video.
Lauren was left shaken, injured, and embarrassed after the alleged attack. She wrote about her experience on Instagram.
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.
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.
I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself. KROQ has nothing to do with this and I will always support them.
The irony is someone had thrown an ice cube on to the very slick catwalk before the QOTSA set. I was afraid that one of the band members might slip and hurt themselves so, when the lights went dark, I used my arm to wipe down the runway so nobody would hurt themselves.
Thank you to @variety for their immediate concern and care with this matter.
As of now, nobody from QOTSA has reached out to me.
The rock community immediately spoke out against Homme's behavior, half-incredulous and half-furious that the musician would treat another human being with such blatant disrespect and uncalled for violence.
This is COWARDLY. A grown ass man, who has worked with and employed photographers for the entirety of his career, assaulting a fellow professional in their place of work. The photo pit is dangerous enough with crowdsurfers, security, liquids, and flying objects. Unacceptable. https://t.co/Y4FVg5nvKa— Sarah McG (@sarahmcgbeauty) December 10, 2017
Lauren reportedly plans to file a police report for assault against Homme.
Homme issued an apology to Lauren, stating that the kick was unintentional and it was during a moment where he was "lost in performance."
An apology that people weren't buying. At all.
what a poor excuse for an apology. we want the truth. if you aren't gonna own up to it, the least you could do is buy her a new camera and pay her hospital bills. i'm a huge fan, but you're really letting me down— mariana (@oosvinyl) December 10, 2017
Even fans of Homme and Queens of the Stone Age are speaking out against Homme's attack on Lauren.
I'm a huge QOTSA fan but this is incredibly unacceptable. I'm sorry this happened to you. I truly am. I hope you heal quickly and properly.— Steve Keyes (@Jerko) December 10, 2017
I've been such a big fan of Josh and Queens of the Stone Age but he's going to lose fans, including me, if he doesn't make this right. Hope you're ok— Anonymous Aaron (@AnonymousAaron) December 10, 2017
Other Twitter users expressed their sympathy for Lauren and felt bad that she had to endure such treatment from Homme. The obligatory "good vibes" posts came soon after, some even from popular radio personalities.
After seeing the video, what do you think?