Ohio Man Assaults Def Leppard Drummer Outside Florida Hotel


Drummer Rick Allen, known as the man behind the kit for Def Leppard, had an unusual and scary experience on Saturday, March 11 when a man attacked him outside of a Fort Lauderdale Florida hotel he was staying at. According to 7 News, Allen was in town for the band’s show with Mötley Crüe and was having a smoke in the Four Seasons valet area when he was attacked.

According to the police report, Allen was assaulted by Max Edward Hartley, a 19 year old who was visiting from Ohio. Bailey posted bond from Broward County Jail on Tuesday and declined to tell a reporter why he would assault a man with one arm or if he was aware that Allen is Def Leppard’s drummer, with the original article noting he turned away from the reporter when asked if he was a Def Leppard fan.

According to the report, Hartley was standing behind a pillar while Allen was smoking before he tackled him to the ground, causing the drummer to hit his head and sustain an injury. A woman apparently ran out of the hotel to help Allen and the police report states that Hartley attacked her as well:

“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.”

Hartley was found nearby breaking car windows nearby and was arrested. Allen provided a sworn statement to police and will be pressing charges. The suspect was charged with two counts of battery, four counts of criminal mischief, and abusing an elderly or disabled adult.

Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard have plenty of tour dates coming up this year, but please act accordingly.

May 22: Sheffield Bramall Lane, UK
May 25: Mönchengladbach Sparkassen Park, GER
May 27: Munich Koenigsplatz, GER
May 29: Budapest MVM Dome, HUN
May 31: Krakow TAURON Arena Kraków, POL
Jun 02: Prague Rocks, CZE
Jun 03: Hannover Expo Plaza, GER
Jun 07: Solvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival, SWE
Jun 09: Helsinki RockFest, FIN
Jun 11: Trondheim Rocks, NOR
Jun 14: Copenhagen Copenhell, DEN
Jun 18: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, BEL
Jun 20: Milan Ippodromo SNAI San Siro, ITA
Jun 23: Lisbon Passeio Maritimo de Alges, POR
Jun 24: Rivas-Vaciamadrid Auditorio Miguel Ríos, SPA
Jun 27: Thun Stockhorn Arena, SWI
Jul 01: London Wembley Stadium, UK
Jul 02: Lytham Festival, UK
Jul 04: Dublin Marlay Park, Ireland
Jul 06: Glasgow Hampden Park, UK
Aug 05: Syracuse JMA Wireless Dome, NY
Aug 08: Columbus Ohio Stadium, OH
Aug 11: Fargo Fargodome, ND
Aug 13: Omaha Charles Schwab Field Omaha, NE
Aug 16: Tulsa H.A. Chapman Stadium, OK
Aug 18: El Paso Sun Bowl Stadium, TX

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