After Def Leppard’s stop with the Stadium Tour in Miami, Rick Allen was taking a smoke break outside the Four Seasons where he was staying when a 19 year old man ran at and into him at full speed knocking the drummer down hard enough to hit his head on the concrete. 19 year old Max Edward Hartley from Ohio was visiting the Fort Lauderdale area when he charged at and attacked Rick. Hartley was arrested and charged with two counts of battery, four counts of criminal mischief, and a count of abusing an elderly or disabled adult.
But Rick isn’t the only one that was attacked. According to Ft. Lauderdale Police after Hartley attacked Rick, Hartley allegedly hit another woman who had come out to help the musician. “While she is on the ground, the defendant continues to batter her by striking her. [She] attempts to escape by running into the hotel...The defendant then grabs [her] by her hair and drags her out of the lobby and back onto the sidewalk before fleeing the area.”
Hartley has already been bailed out of jail and no word is available as to a motive or Hartley’s mental state. Thankfully, for now it seems, everyone is ok with only minor injuries. Rick is reportedly willing to press full charges and expects prosecution, obviously.
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