Josh Homme has posted a video to Twitter apologising for kicking a female photographer in the face.
Footage emerged today of Homme violently kicking the photographer’s camera while on stage at a Queens of the Stone Age show in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Chelsea Lauren, a photographer for Shutterstock, says that Homme kicked her camera as she was shooting, slamming the camera into her face: “He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face.“
Initially Homme disputed Lauren’s version of events, saying that it was an accident that occurred while he was “lost in performance” and kicking over “various lighting and equipment on our stage“.
However, in the video posted to Twitter, Homme says that he did, in fact, kick Lauren’s camera, causing her injuries to the extent that she had to go to the ER.
In a surprisingly uncomfortable monologue:
Last night at a QOTSA performance I kicked the camera of a photographer, and that camera hit the photographer in the face, and the photographer’s name was Chelsea Lauren. I’d just like to apologise to Chelsea Lauren. I don’t have any excuse or a reason to justify what I did. I was a total dick, and I’m truly sorry and I hope you’re okay.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them, and I apologise for that to you. I want to be a good man but I think last night I definitely failed at that, and that means that I failed my family and my friends as well.
He goes on to list the other people he’s apologising to (his band mates, his mother and father, his wife, his brother and his children), and says he’s going to have to “figure out some stuff“.
Lauren has said that she will be pressing charges, so we’ll see if that figuring out includes cooperating with police.