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Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Samantha Urbani Allege Assault By Private Security At Lollapalooza

By Jon Graef in News on Aug 2, 2014 4:15PM

[Photo by Jessica Mlinaric]

After wearing an anti-police brutality shirt, and giving an anti-racist speech during his performance at Lollapalooza, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes alleges that he and Samantha Urbani, his girlfriend, were assaulted by private security hired to manage the stage where Hynes was performing.

Here's how Hynes characterizes the incident on his Twitter page:

Hynes then thanked fans for support, saying, "We are both very shaken and I am pretty bruised up. But blessed to be alive in this world. Others aren't as lucky."

Urbani echoed those sentiments:

Urbani also connected the alleged incident to Eric Garner's death.

ln a now deleted tweet, Urbani wrote, "BTW after talking w lollapalooza ppl we've discovered the guards who assaulted us were NOT lolla staff, but privately hired for that stage."

Lollapalooza, for their part, sent a statement to Pitchfork which read, "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."

Considering Chicago is a city where people who document torture by authorities are then subject to torture themselves by said authorities, this type of incident is enraging, though not surprising.

[h/t P4K]