Yesterday, footage of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme kicking a photographer in the face mid-gig went viral.
The photographer, Chelsea Lauren, was shooting the band at their Los Angeles gig when Homme kicked her in the face for no apparent reason, sending her to the emergency room.
She has posted an update on her condition - as well as images of a smiling Homme before and after the incident - to 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. #queensofthestoneage #QOTSA #JoshHomme
Homme has now posted an apology video to Twitter, in which he examines his behaviour and accepts that he needs to make some changes. "Last night at a Queens Of The Stone Age performance, I kicked the camera of a photographer and that camera hit the photographer in the face," he said. "The photographer’s name was Chelsea Lauren.
"I’d just like to apologise to Chelsea Lauren. I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I was a total dick and I’m truly sorry and I hope you’re okay. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them. I apologise for that, and to you.”
Watch the full video:
— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 11, 2017