Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead Wanted for Assault
Drummer Responds: "Any accusation or claim of assault against me is completely false and without any basis whatsoever"
Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has found himself in trouble with the law.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that an arrest warrant has been issued for the musician after he was accused of assaulting a person at a Mickey Hart Band show on Sept. 8. The incident occurred at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, Ky., and was first reported by TMZ.
Details surrounding the attack are not yet clear, but the alleged victim reportedly filed a police report and initiated assault charges shortly after the event. According to local police, it is standard practice to issue a warrant when an alleged victim decides to press charges.
Hart issued a statement on Thursday denying the allegation.
"I am totally baffled by a bizarre claim of assault by me coming out of Kentucky - the home of Bluegrass and a state I love dearly. Any accusation or claim of assault against me is completely false and without any basis whatsoever. I played drums on "Shakedown Street," but I never expected to be "The Victim or the Crime."
Hart is best known for playing with the Dead from 1967 until the group disbanded in 1995.