Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Gets Attacked Outside Of His Hotel

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was reportedly assaulted outside of the hotel he was staying at after a show in Fort Lauderdale on Monday night, March 13. The drummer had stepped outside to smoke when a 19-year-old targeted him.

Allen was in South Florida to perform a show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino over the weekend as a part of Def Leppard’s ongoing co-headlining tour with Mötley Crüe. After the show, Allen, who was staying at the Four Seasons, went out to have a cigarette in the valet area of the hotel, and that’s when the attacker approached the 59-year-old.

According to a police report obtained by 7 News, the 19-year-old attacker Max Edward Hartley visiting from Ohio was hiding behind a pillar. When he realized that Allen was smoking, he ran full speed towards him and struck the drummer, knocking him to the ground where he hit his head, causing an injury.

At this point, a woman who had witnessed everything came running from the hotel to help Allen, who had lost his left arm in a car accident in 1984, but unfortunately, she too was attacked by Hartley and even dragged by her hair as she tried to escape.

The report described the incident as follows:

“While she is on the ground, the defendant continues to batter her by striking her. [She] attempts to escape by running into the hotel. The defendant then grabs [her] by her hair and drags her out of the lobby and back onto the sidewalk before fleeing the area.”

After attacking the woman and Rick Allen, Hartley reportedly fled the scene and was later arrested when the police found the young man vandalizing cars nearby. He was charged with two counts of battery, four counts of criminal mischief, and abusing an elderly or disabled adult.

The drummer gave a sworn statement to the police stating that he intended to prosecute his attacker. However, Rick and the band have not made any statements regarding the incident. In the meantime, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe are gearing up to head overseas for their performance in Sheffield, England, towards the end of May.