Blood Orange Says Racism Behind Lollapalooza Security Assault
Singer and producer Devonté Hynes says the guards assaulted him and his girlfriend after his performance Friday at the Chicago festival.
Devonte Hynes says he was assaulted by security guards at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.
Decked in a T-Shirt emblazoned with the names of murdered black men, including Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, British singer and producer Devonté Hynes alleges he was attacked by security guards after a recent performance at Lollapalooza,Buzzfeed reports.
Hynes, known as Blood Orange, announced on Twitter that he and his girlfriend, Samantha Urbani, were assaulted Friday after a performance at the Chicago festival, where he gave a speech against racism and police brutality.
Festival organizers issued a statement to Pitchfork about the incident.
“Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site,” the statement reads. “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.”
If true, the incident represents another black eye on a city known for itstribulations with crime and elected officials need to hunker down to get to the root of the problem so they can develop solutions.