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Mickey Hart, the former drummer for the Grateful Dead, is wanted for an alleged assault.
TMZ first reported on Wednesday that Hart was wanted for allegedly attacking a person at a concert on Sept. 8 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Harrodsburg Police Lt. Chad Powell later confirmed to The Associated Press that the warrant was issued, but said that he would not release paperwork as the investigation continues.
Hart later sent a statement to CBS News, denying the allegations. “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,” he said. “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.’”
While details were initially unavailable, TMZ said on Saturday that it obtained police documents, which show that the alleged victim claims to have been attacked on Hart’s tour bus.
The victim is apparently the owner of the bus and told police that he met with Hart on Sept. 7. The man claims that he was told that Hart only wanted to “talk” to him, but when he got on the bus, Hart took him to the back and started beating him up.
Why Hart beat him up is still a mystery, however the victim told police he “threw me down, started [to] cuss [at] me, hitting me, pushing me around then told me to get off MY bus,” according to the report TMZ obtained.
Hart played with the Dead from 1967 to 1995, when Jerry Garcia died. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a member of the group. He does occasionally play with other members of the group and has more tour dates this fall.