On Friday night, Dev Hynes (better known as the musician Blood Orange) and his girlfriend, Samantha Urbani, claimed that they were assaulted by Lollapalooza's security guards after playing at the festival. In a deleted tweet, Urbani also said, "BTW after talking w lollapalooza ppl we've discovered the guards who assaulted us were NOT lolla staff, but privately hired for that stage." Either way, the alleged attack happened after a set in which Hynes spoke about police brutality and racism. (He also wore a shirt honoring Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, and Trayvon Martin, while Urbani wore one that said, "Stop police brutality.") Hynes and Urbani described the incident in a series of tweets:
They grabbed her I asked what they were doing and they grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground, then two others joined in on me— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
I'm in pain, what the fuck. The irony after my t shirt and message this morning, we are in shock— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
Everyone saw it. We are pressing charges, I can't believe it. I'm so upset. Why is this still happening? I just want to make music— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
I gave a speech on racism and police brutality and then I am jumped by three security guards and my gf is assaulted. @lollapalooza— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
Adding fuel to the fire, Lollapalooza has apparently been deleting Facebook comments from people who are asking the festival what happened.
Meanwhile Lollapalooza released the following statement: "Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site. Since then, we have been in contact with those involved and the authorities, as we work together to resolve the situation. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone at the festival."
Thanks for the support. We are both very shaken and I am pretty bruised up. But blessed to be alive in this world. Others aren't as lucky. X— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
Terrifying thinking about if Dev was attacked like that & had a physical disability- like a heart problem, or ASTHMA #RIPEricGarner— samantha urbani (@SamandudeBITCH) August 2, 2014
Ps. One of the security guards is claiming that I assaulted him which is insanity. If you saw the incident please get in touch. Thanks.— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014