Last month while co-headlining “The World Tour” alongside Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was the victim of an assault by a 19-year-old from Ohio.
Allen was smoking a cigarette outside of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale when he was the victim of unprovoked violence. Police say the suspect was hiding behind a pole then ran toward Allen at full speed knocking him to the ground “causing injury.”
The suspect faces a charge of abuse to an elderly or disabled adult without great harm, and was arrested but has since bonded out of jail.
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has provided an update on the drummer and he says Allen “will be fine” after the attack.
Campbell told Sirius XM’s Eddie Trunk that Allen’s assailant was “some kid on spring break who couldn’t hold his beer or his drugs or whatever. Rick will be fine. He’s been through a lot worse, obviously. He’s a resilient human being. He will absolutely be okay.”
Allen took to social media a few days after the incident and said he was thankful for support from fans. He also said he was relieved his wife, Lauren, wasn’t with him at the time of the assault. Allen said he and his wife were “working on recovering in a safe space.”
The suspect allegedly also attacked a female guest of the hotel. “Apparently a guest, some guy assaulted her and was actually beating her up in front of the front of our building,” said a woman who called 911.
Another man on the same call said, “I was sitting out front. This guy, I caught him throwing chairs inside our establishment and then he ran.”
Another caller from a nearby hotel stated: “I have an individual who has been running around breaking windows and has beat up a couple of guests at the Four Seasons, as well.” He added the suspect was allegedly “very highly intoxicated.”
The police report obtained by TMZ said a woman tried to help Def Leppard’s drummer but then the suspect knocked her to the ground.
The report states: “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.”
“The World Tour” had an earlier hiccup when Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott was briefly hospitalized before a show in Colombia.
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