Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme looked teary-eyed and contrite on Sunday (Dec. 10) in a video in which he again apologized to Shutterstock photographer Chelsea Lauren for kicking her camera during his band’s appearance at Saturday night’s (Dec. 9) KROQ Acoustic Christmas show.
Lauren claims that the 6’4″ singer walked past her position in the photo pit during the show, then crossed back across the stage and kicked her camera, which was thrust into her face, sending her to the emergency room. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them,” Homme said in the video.
While Homme offered up a sincere apology for the incident, it wasn’t the first time he’s gotten backlash for his onstage (and backstage) behavior. Here are a few other times Homme’s temper got the best of him.
2004: Homme was arrested for assault after attacking Dwarves singer Blag Dahlia at Los Angeles’ Dragonfly Club, reportedly tied to the singer’s firing of longtime QOTSA member Nick Oliveri, a friend of Dahlia’s. Homme later pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor battery and was placed on summary probation for thirty-six months while ordered to stay away 100 yards away from Dahlia and the Dragonfly, not possess weapons, perform community service and enroll in both an anger management program and a 60-day residential treatment program.
2008: Homme reportedly referred to the audience as “retards” during Saturday’s show, which brought back memories of the time he yelled obscenities and curses at a young fan who tossed a bottle at him during the Norwegian Wood Festival, calling the person a “chicken-shit fucking f—-t” and threatening to “beat the fucking shit” out of the him and then threatening to sodomize the bottle-thrower in a profanity-laden rant caught on video.
Homme said from the stage that he was suffering form a fever and had been sick for several days beforehand, but the dressing-down didn’t stop the Los Angeles Times from running a story entitled “Why Doesn’t Josh Homme’s Homophobic Rant Mean the End of Queens of the Stone Age?”
2016: The singer got into a verbal brawl and allegedy grabbed autograph seeker Jason Leckrone “around the shoulders and neck area” outside a show in Detroit, after Leckrone reportedly asked Homme for a signature and the Queens singer called him an “entitled, spoiled motherfucker.” Leckrone filed suit against Homme earlier this year for assault and battery.