According to posts on electronica maven Moby’s official Web site, the star (real name: Richard Melville Hall) was assaulted following a show last night (Dec. 11) at Boston’s Paradise Club.
“After the show I went outside to get into my car,” Moby writes in his online journal, “and then all of a sudden I was attacked by [I believe] three men with mace. They punched me from behind and I really had no idea what was going on.” Moby goes on to say that he was “bloody and beaten up” after the attack, and his assailants “all ran away.”
A renowned pacifist, Moby focused his comments on forgiving his attackers and asking why they would have perpetrated the alleged assault. “If one or more of the people who attacked me tonight happen to be reading this, I’d be really curious to know why you attacked me,” he said. “You could anonymously sign on to the boards and describe the attack from your perspective. I’m honestly very curious.”
In a follow-up post, Moby declared that his attack should not be a source of major concern to fans: “I’m not badly hurt. Really. Just some bruises and cuts. So please don’t worry about me, OK? I just hope that at some point in these guy’s [sic] lives they come to realize that hurting other people is wrong.”
Moby is on a short promotional tour of radio-sponsored shows, and is set to play tomorrow night (Dec. 13) in San Francisco, followed by weekend dates in Los Angeles (Dec. 14) and Chicago (Dec. 15). His latest album, “18” (V2), debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 in June and has sold 513,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan.