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Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme Apologizes For Kicking Female Photographer At Live Show (Updated)


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Queens Of The Stone Age vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme essentially kicked a female photographer in the head during last night’s live appearance at the ‘KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas‘ show in Inglewood, CA. The woman has been identified as Chelsea Lauren, an employee of Shutterstock.

As you can see in the below footage shared by Lauren herself, Homme‘s foot connects with the camera which in turn hits her in the face. According to Variety, Lauren intends to file a police report for the incident and saw it as being intentional and sought hospital treatment afterwards.

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Homme has since issued the below apology for the matter:

A post shared by QOTSA (@queensofthestoneage) on

Thank you everyone that has reached out with supportive messages. A small update, as I’m being flooded with questions: My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I’m a bit nauseous. The doctor released me early in the morning. Here are three images. Two of them as Josh looked at me, smiled and then kicked me. The other one is later after he cut his own face with a knife. I was in the pit in tears – and he just stared at me smiling. 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. I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself. KROQ has nothing to do with this and I will always support them. The irony is someone had thrown an ice cube on to the very slick catwalk before the QOTSA set. I was afraid that one of the band members might slip and hurt themselves so, when the lights went dark, I used my arm to wipe down the runway so nobody would hurt themselves. Thank you to @variety for their immediate concern and care with this matter. As of now, nobody from QOTSA has reached out to me. #queensofthestoneage #QOTSA #JoshHomme

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