On March 13th, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was attacked outside of his hotel in Fort Lauderdale Florida by a man who rushed him and knocked him to the ground, causing injury to Allen who hit his head. Rick Allen, who lost his left arm in an auto accident back in 1984 was at a clear disadvantage during the attack. Allen has agreed to charges being filed against his attacker.
Rick’s statement can be read below:
Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support. Your love and prayers are truly helping. My wife Lauren was thankfully not with me at the time of the incident. We are together now, and working on recovering in a safe space. We are focusing on healing for everyone involved. We ask you to join us in our effort to move from confusion and shock to compassion and empathy. We understand this act of violence can be triggering for so many people. To all of the fans, veterans, and first responders in our global community, we are thinking of you all. Together with love, we can all get through these difficult times.
Rick Allen & Lauren Monroe