While finishing a show in San Diego this weekend, Morrissey was seemingly punched in the face after angry fans stormed the stage.
According to TMZ, Mozza was rushed off the stage during of his encore at the San Diego Symphony Hall on Saturday night. The video shows several people trying to run past security to get to the singer. One person was able to get by and delivers a blow to Morrissey while he’s trying to continue the performance.
The ‘fan’ was then quickly moved off stage as security regained control, disabling the attacker in a chokehold. According to reports fans then hung on to see if the singer would return to complete the encore, but soon it became apparent that the concert was over and left.
It remains unknown what motivated the attack. According to Fox News despite how aggressive the attack may look, a statement provided to Fox News downplays the incident as not being nearly as violent as it looks in the videos.
Morrissey’s rep, Peter Katsis, said to in a statement,
“Nobody tried to punch M last night. Morrissey’s fans are not malicious. The fans were simply doing what they have been doing for almost 30 years. Trying anything they could do to jump onstage and touch him, or hug him. The fan in question was certainly more aggressive in reaching out for him than most, so security had to do their job and subdue the fan. That’s all it was. In the end, no one was hurt, and no one was arrested.”
Katsis also said that the assumed attacker, named as Carlos Rodriguez, posted on the star’s Facebook post to state that he is a fan that just got caught up in the moment. Rodriguez wrote.
“Thank you for clearing this up. I admit it looks bad but the momentum to get up did look as if it was aggressive. I hugged him, Moz laughed and i was headlocked. End of story. I have nothing but love for El Jefe!”
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