Def Leppard drummer attacked in Fort Lauderdale, reports say | Listen to 911 calls
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was assaulted Monday near the Four Seasons hotel on Fort Lauderdale beach, according to reports.
A 19-year-old man from Ohio was arrested Monday and has since bonded out of jail in the attack.
Max Hartley, 19, faces charges of misdemeanor battery, felony aggravated battery and four felony criminal mischief charges, a Fort Lauderdale Police report said.
Fort Lauderdale Police did not identify Allen, 59, or a woman who was injured the same attack at 525 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
According to police, Hartley was hiding behind a pole watching the one-armed victim, who was smoking. Hartley drop kicked the man to the ground, report said, and kicked him in his ribs.
The report noted that the victim lost his left arm in a past accident. The man screamed once Hartley began to pull his right arm, the report said.
Allen’s left arm was amputated following a car accident in 1984. Doctors initially tried to reattach the limb, but later had to amputate due to an infection.
A woman who saw the attack tried to intervene and was also knocked to the ground, where Hartley hit her, police said. She tried to run into the hotel, but he pulled her out of the lobby by her hair, police said.
The report said someone reported that “nobody was helping and that bystanders including the hotel staff ran away.” Neither victim had visible injuries.
Hartley then ran. He was arrested near the Conrad hotel after damaging several cars, police said. The damage to the three cars totaled $5,500, the report said.
Multiple 911 callers said the man, later identified as Hartley, broke or attempted to break windows at the Four Seasons Hotel and at the Wine Garden restaurant in the 600 block of Breakers Avenue, which is a quarter of a mile away from the hotel.
One caller said he was sitting on top of the man who tried to break the windows at his business by throwing chairs. A Wine Garden employee and his boss chased after him, the employee told the 911 operator.
The damage to storm-proof windows and chairs at Wine Garden totaled $2,600, the report said.
Hartley was intoxicated and did not respond to the officer’s questions or commands, the report said. He had “unrelated” injuries to his head and chest.
Allenwas in South Florida for a show with Def Leppard and Motley Crue on Sunday at Hard Rock Live. He’s been with the hard rock band since 1978 and plays drums using his right arm and feet, with the use of electronic pedals.
An earlier version of this article misstated Rick Allen’s age. He is 59.