Odd Future’s Left Brain Accused of Assaulting a Female Photographer
According to Louisiana's television station NBC33, Odd Future crony Left Brain (of Mellowhype) allegedly assaulted a female photographer during the group's performance at this past weekend's Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans.
Apparently, during Odd Future's performance, Tyler, the Creator told the crowd that he was upset that a pit area for photographers barricaded them and their fans. This led Left Brian (aka Vyron Turner) to sling water and kick cameras at the two dozen photographers who were crammed in the press box.
This is where one photographer, Amy Harris, claims that Left Brain slapped her across the face, knocking her and her camera to the ground. "I have worked many shows before, and I’ve had to deal with a band flinging water at the photographers, but I never expected this to happen," she told NBC33 News.
The publicist of Odd Future issued this statement regarding the alleged incident:
"There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet. It’s no secret that Odd Future has a love/hate relationship with photographers at shows simply because sometimes they are given access the group wishes their fans would have instead. After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times (as they've done before) Vyron (Leftbrain) took a swipe at a few cameras, NOT people. To manipulate the situation to insinuate an attack on a woman specifically is careless and manipulative."
Officials of the Voodoo festival issued this statement:
"The Voodoo Experience does not in any way condone the behavior of Odd Future towards the approved media assembled in the photo pit during the band's set yesterday (Sunday, October 30). Festival organizers would like to apologize to their media guests who experienced and/or witnessed this abusive behavior."
Photographer Amy Harris said her camera wasn't damaged in the incident and has yet decided if she will file a police report.