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Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Issues Statement After Florida Assault

You may have seen the story that Rick Allen, drumming bad ass for Def Leppard, was smoking a cigarette outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale last week when he was knocked to the ground. Hell yeah he was injured when Max Edward Hartley, 19, darted at Allen full speed.

Upon hitting the ground, Allen hit his head hard which resulted in injury. Rick Allen talked to ABC news and released this statement:

"Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support. Your love and prayers are truly helping. My wife Lauren [Monroe] was thankfully not with me at the time of the incident. We are together now, and working on recovering in a safe space," the 59-year-old drummer begins, also sharing that there is a focus on "healing for everyone involved."

"We ask you to join us in our effort to move from confusion and shock to compassion and empathy," he continues, "We understand this act of violence can be triggering for so many people. To all of the fans, veterans and first responders in our global community, we are thinking of you all. Together with love, we can all get through these difficult times."

As you know, Def Leppard just wrapped the first leg of the enormous world tour with Motley Crue and are on a break for several weeks.

The perp, Max Edward Hartley has been charged with two counts of battery, four counts of criminal mischief and abusing an elderly or disabled adult (Allen had to have his arm amputated after a 1985 car accident).

My opinion on this? Bring the full power of the law against this punk ass that assaulted another human being.