SAN DIEGO (CelebrityAccess) — English New Wave icon Morrissey has pushed back against media reports that he was attacked during a performance, claiming it wasn’t an attack at all.
The incident happened at San Diego Symphony Hall where Moz was performing on Saturday. In an admittedly scary video captured of the moment, a fan can be seen climbing on the stage and attempting to touch Morrissey before a security guard fended her off.
Several other fans then appeared to take advantage of the distraction to rush the stage with one man grappling the former Smiths frontman in a bear hug.
Security quickly intervened and whisked Morrissey off stage, ending the show. TMZ later posted the video and characterized the incident as an attack, but Morrissey’s team have downplayed that angle.
In a statement posted to Morrissey’s official Twitter account, his manager Peter Katsis wrote: “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.”
Moz himself later chimed in and in a statement posted to his semi-official fan site, he wrote: “The only trouble at San Diego were the fictitious reports by TMZ that I had been attacked. This is absolute crap. The concert and the crowd were a dream night for me. I was honored and grateful for such an excited and loving response. It concluded an outstanding set of U.S dates and I am absolutely thrilled. TMZ, alas, live exclusively in a world of their own, and certain sections of the press seem enraged that there is nothing negative to report.”