Rick Allen attack: Rick Allen, 59, the drummer for Def Leppard, is viciously attacked by a man, 19, in an unjustified attack.
According to 7 News Miami, he was assaulted outside a hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday night. Here’s what we know about the incident.
Ohioan Max Edward Hartley, 19, charged the drummer at full speed and knocked him to the ground. Before the incident, he was sheltering behind a pillar outside the Four Seasons hotel.
According to Allen, who also dragged a woman by her hair in the event, the adolescent should be charged with a crime.
What happened to Rick Allen?
According to 7 News Miami, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was assaulted outside of a Four Seasons hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday night (March 13).
The previous night, Allen had shared the stage with Motley Crue and Def Leppard at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida as part of the two groups’ ongoing world tour.
According to a police report from Fort Lauderdale Police, Ohio native Hartley was hiding behind a pillar outside the hotel when he charged the drummer, knocking him to the ground and striking him in the head.
Allen, who tragically lost his arm in a vehicle accident back in 1984, gave police a sworn statement in which he expressed his desire for Hartley to face legal action.
Who is Max Edward Hartley?
Rick Allen of Def Leppard is reportedly the victim of an assault outside of a hotel. While outside having a cigarette in the hotel’s valet area, Max Edward Hartley, a 19-year-old Ohio native who was in Florida, allegedly “violently attacked” Allen.
Police said Hartley was hiding behind a pillar when he ran “full speed” at the 59-year-old drummer, knocking him to the ground, according to 7 News Miami. Allen allegedly “struck his head on the ground, causing injury,” according to a police report.
According to reports, a woman who was nearby when the event happened went to help Allen, which prompted Hartley to launch another assault.
Quick details about the suspect:
Hartley, who participated in football and lacrosse teams at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, looked to be in Florida for spring break when the incident occurred.
Hartley was raised by his parents, an elder and younger brother, and other family members in a $670,000 mansion in Cleveland, Ohio.
He refused to reply when asked if he knew who Allen was as he brought his arms up to shield his face and displayed injuries on his elbows.
After being charged with two counts of violence, four counts of criminal mischief, and abusing an elderly or disabled adult, Hartley was taken into custody and transferred to the Broward County Prison on Tuesday.
Why did he attack Def Leppard’s drummer?
He allegedly struck her while she lay on the ground and then pulled her “out of the lobby and back into the pavement” before fleeing the scene as she tried to take cover inside the hotel.
Although there was no clear explanation for why the young boy attacked Allen, a 7News reporter questioned him about if he was aware that the victim was Rick Allen, the drummer for Def Leppard. Yet no one responded to his query.
Max, who escaped the Broward County Jail a day after attacking the drummer, was apprehended nearby the hotel as he attempted to break through a car window shortly after he attacked Rick Allen and the woman. Max had previously attacked the drummer.
Many offenses, including two counts of violence, four acts of criminal mischief, and abusing an elderly adult, were committed by the attacker, according to 7News.
In a video posted on his social media accounts on March 14, Rick Allen welcomed his followers to a very special fundraising event that will take place in Palm Springs on April 1. There was nothing wrong with Rick Allen in the video, regardless of whether it was taken before or after the attack.
Although Rick Allen’s condition is yet unknown, further information is scheduled to be made public soon.
Who is Rick Allen?
Rick Allen is well-known for being Def Leppard’s drummer. In recent years, the band has produced a number of hit albums and singles, including On Through the Night, Pyromania, Adrenalize, Slang, Yes!, and others. He joined the band in 1978.
How did Allen Lose his arms?
Rick Allen, the drummer for Def Leppard, lost his arm in a horrible car accident and swore to end his life. Allen, 59, exclusively tells Page Six, “I didn’t want to be here and I felt dejected,” adding that he felt “extremely uneasy” and “self-conscious.”
The artist, who was 21 at the time, suffered a near-fatal accident in England in December 1984, losing his left arm as a result. Allen was propelled through the sunroof of his Corvette after losing control of the vehicle while trying to pass another vehicle at a high rate of speed.
His arm was severed from his body when it became entangled in the seatbelt. The limb was first reattached by doctors, but it was later amputated because of an infection.
With specially created electronic drum equipment, the English-born rocker, who is presently on tour with his wife, singer Lauren Monroe, was able to restore his life and career.
Many of my classmates, most of my supporters, numerous members of my family… they all attempted to assist push me up and then eventually I got it, he says. “I arrived at a realization that I am capable of doing this… I didn’t realize the strength of the human spirit existed until after the fact, and that is what catapulted me to where I am today.
The Raven Drum Foundation, which aids soldiers with PTSD through alternative medicine programs including drumming circles, was founded by Allen and Monroe as well.
He claims to have seen first-hand the advantages drumming has for veterans. We are rhythmic beings because our mother’s heartbeat is the first sound any of us ever hear. It’s just a very ancient form that instantly taps into healing, Allen explains.
“It benefits on many different levels; it helps the brain, it helps the nerve system, and it slows down the respiratory system.”
Responses from fans on social media:
Once the information of the incident spread, Allen’s supporters responded on Twitter, expressing their outrage and wishing him a swift recovery.
SithKitten Rick said,
Man, even if he’s up and answering questions hope Rick got checked out just to be safe. As for the guy doing that stuff, better not be any deals cut when they haul him in. Sounds like a clear plan he had in mind.
Terrie Guckiean Austin posted,
So he posted bail and now he’s roaming free. Our legal system needs a serious overhaul. Prayers for Rick and the lady who tried to help him.
John Snyder said,
I keep hearing how we need to leave a better planet for our children which I agree with I think we need to do a better job of leaving better kids for this planet as well.
Elizabeth Cintron said,
This is horrible as if the man hasn’t been through enough. I hope he recovers
Robert Owen posted,
Nothing keeps this guy down it’s been 30 years since his car accident he lost his arm and turned it into a medical comeback drummer Good Luck
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3 thoughts on “Rick Allen attack: Who is Max Edward Hartley? Why did he attack Def Leppard drummer? Explained”
Who wrote this article?!? A ten year old?
I’m no writer, but the writer of this article here needs to be fired. What a bunch of scribble, very confusing, very bad writing skills.
I hope the drummer is fine, never really was a fan, but you don’t beat a person for not liking their music. Especially a one armed older gentleman. If the little piece of dirt is and was sane during the attack, he needs to spend a year or two in prison.
His name is Max Edward Hartley and he’s from Ohio.