Def Leppard’s Drummer Violently Attacked Outside A Florida Hotel
On Sunday, bands Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe were both headlining a show the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida. That night, after the concert, Def Leppard’s drummer, Rick Allen, was standing outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach smoking a cigarette when he was violently attacked,
Allen, who lost one of his arms as a result of a car accident in 1984, was standing on the sidewalk when a 19-year-old man named Max Hartley reportedly ran towards him and knocked him to the ground. Allen’s head hit the sidewalk.
A woman inside the hotel ran outside to try to help Allen, but Hartley attacked her too. He knocked her to the ground and hit her several times. She tried to run back inside the hotel, but Hartley went after her and pulled her back out to the sidewalk before fleeing the scene.
Police didn’t have much trouble finding the suspect. They reportedly found him breaking the windows in multiple cars in the parking garage of a nearby hotel.
Hartley was arrested and charged with 4 counts of criminal mischief, 2 counts of battery and abusing an elderly or disabled adult. Allen, who is 59 years old, only has one arm. Hartley was later released on bail. Meanwhile, Allen told that police that he does want Allen to be prosecuted.
Watch the video below to learn more about this violent attack.
Hartley, who is from Cleveland, Ohio, was apparently in Florida for Spring Break. He played Varsity Lacrosse and Football at Saint Ignatius High School. It is not clear if he knew who Allen was or why he attacked him.
Allen lost his arm following a car accident in 1984. His arm was severed in the accident. Doctors tried to reattach it, but it ended up getting infected which led doctors to decide to amputate the reattached arm.
At first, Allen didn’t think he’d ever be able to play the drums again, but he found a way to continue on with his drumming career. He now plays the drums with one arm and both feet.
Watch the video below to hear Allen talk about recovering from his arm amputation and how he learned to play the drums again even with a missing limb.