Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Josh Homme Apologizes After Kicking Photographer in the Face
By Elizabeth Stanton
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After kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face during a concert in Los Angeles on Saturday, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has issued an apology.
The incident occurred during the band's set at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles on Saturday, where the band was performing on day one of the event. Lauren was on the side of a walkway that came out from the stage, where Homme made the seemingly unprovoked move.
The photographer posted video of the moment on Instagram, which shows Homme walking forward on stage, playing his guitar during one of the band's songs. When he walk back, Homme kicks his leg out, hitting Lauren's camera and knocking her over.
"Thanks to @joshhomme @queensofthestoneage I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?" Lauren wrote on Instagram.
A statement from Homme provided to ET by his rep reads, "Last night, while in a state of being lost in performance, I kicked over various lighting and equipment on our stage. Today it was brought to my attention that this included a camera held by photographer Chelsea Lauren. I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry. I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology."
Lauren also posted an update with photos from moments before the incident occurred, as well as a third photograph after Homme allegedly cut his own face onstage as part of the performance.
"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," the photographer wrote in the caption.
Lauren claims in her posts that she is still dealing with a sore neck and a bruised eyebrow after being released from Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles early Sunday morning.
"I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself. KROQ has nothing to do with this and I will always support them," she wrote, adding, "As of now, nobody from QOTSA has reached out to me."
In an interview with Variety, Lauren says she is planning on filing a police report. “I feel like if I don’t do anything, he gets to kick people in the face and not get in trouble because he’s a musician,” the photographer said. “That’s not right.”