The frontman for US pop-punk icons The Dickies, Leonard Graves Phillips, has admitted to having hit a female fan at the band’s Brisbane show this past Friday night.
Phillips took to the band’s Facebook page today to admit to hitting the fan and apologise for his actions, calling them “indefensible”.
“Leonard here. Our trip to Austraia [sic]- one that I and many others have looked forward to for so long was marred by an incident in Brisbane where I konked a gal on the head while pulling her hair in order to make her let go of a stupid stage prop,” he writes.
The Brisbane show was part of The Dickies’ first-ever tour of Australia, after nearly 40 years of existence. The band’s live shows are known for incorporating clown costumes, puppets and fierce mosh-pits.
The Dickies frontman claims to have personally spoken with the woman he hit, who he calls “a sweet and gracious person – unlike myself.”
“It’s indefensible to strike a woman in any capacity and to compound matters I’ve tried to make light of it by being a rude and petulant prick,” he added. “I’m super depressed and saddened by all of this. Particularly my part in it.”
The news follows another Australian incident between performer and fan, after the frontman for US metalcore act Attila left the final show of the band’s Australian tour in chaos, when he attacked a fan in a Perth crowd.
The Dickies’ Australian tour finished on Saturday with a show in Sydney. This week the band are due to kick off their first ever tour of New Zealand.
Read Leonard Graves Phillips’ full statement below.