Following his Friday set at Lollapalooza, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes claims he and his girlfriend were assaulted by security guards at the festival.
Hynes, who performed wearing a hand-made T-shirt decrying police brutality and gave a speech on racism, says he was “jumped” by three security guards and his girlfriend was assaulted.
Samantha and I just got assaulted by the security. We are about to press charges — Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
They grabbed her I asked what they were doing and they grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground, then two others joined in on me — Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
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Hynes said he was “in shock” after the incident.
“The irony after my T-shirt and message this morning,” he tweeted. “We are in shock.”
If they're doing this to the musicians playing, then how have they been treating all the attendees throughout the day? — Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
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His girlfriend, Samantha Urbani, echoed his statements on Twitter.
"Insane how nightmare situations can just come in2 action so suddenly. Being assaulted by security & watching them attack Dev- so traumatizing," she tweeted. "Shaking/crying feeling extremely violated & generally unsafe, beyond sad we missed the eminem show we were so psyched 4."
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Lollapalooza issued a statement surrounding the claims.
“Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site. Since then, we have been in contact with those involved and the authorities, as we work together to resolve the situation. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone at the festival.”
Hynes said he “just wants to make music” and thanked his fans for their support.
Thanks for the support. We are both very shaken and I am pretty bruised up. But blessed to be alive in this world. Others aren't as lucky. X — Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014
“We are hurt,” he tweeted to @Lollapalooza. “We played your festival.”