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Music

Queens of the Stone Age frontman 'sorry' for kicking photographer at concert

Josh Homme (left) and Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age perform live on stage on Nov. 18 at Wembley Arena in London, England. Homme admits he was “a total d — k” for kicking a photographer in the face during his Los Angeles gig Saturday night.
Josh Homme (left) and Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age perform live on stage on Nov. 18 at Wembley Arena in London, England. Homme admits he was “a total d — k” for kicking a photographer in the face during his Los Angeles gig Saturday night.

Queens of the Stone Age rocker Josh Homme admits he was wrong for kicking a photographer in the face during his Los Angeles gig Saturday night.

Homme on Sunday tried making amends to Chelsea Lauren, the woman who came face-to-face with his boot during the KROQ Almost Christmas concert.

“I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I was a total d — k and I’m truly sorry and I hope you’re OK,” Homme said in an Instagram post Sunday night.

“I made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night is definitely one of them,” he added.

Homme said in an earlier apology he was “lost in performance” while kicking lighting and music equipment on stage. He failed to notice Lauren had been hurt after he kicked her camera, which bounced back in her face.

The wounded photog told Variety she saw Homme
coming but was shooting in
another direction.

“The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face, really hard. He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face,” Lauren said.

Lauren shared video of the kick to Instagram, with a caption.

“Thanks to @joshhomme
@queensofthestoneage I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?” she wrote.

Homme can be seen jamming and walking across the stage before he passes Lauren, pauses briefly, then extends his leg directly into her camera before carrying on with his riff.

Lauren gave an update Sunday afternoon explaining that she had been released from the hospital that morning with a sore neck, nausea and a bruised eyebrow.

“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,” she wrote.

“I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself, KROQ has nothing to do with this and I will always support them.”

Lauren had even made an effort to keep the band safe before the concert began – she wiped down part of the stage after an ice cube melted on it, to ensure that no one slipped.

The photographer told Variety she plans to file a police report.

Homme’s kick was just the beginning of what continued to be a bizarre performance.

Lauren says the singer also whipped out a knife and slashed his own forehead on purpose, leaving him dripping with blood for the rest of the performance, and also called the audience “retards.”

Cold War Kids, Rise Against, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Muse also took the stage Saturday night.

The singer was sued in March for allegedly assaulting an autograph collector in Detroit.

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