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Rick Allen, drummer for the legendary rock band Def Leppard, was attacked Monday, March 13, 2023 outside of a Four Seasons hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Allen was in the region to perform with Def Leppard as they co-headlined with Mötley Crüe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Allen, who lost an arm in a 1984 car accident, was having a cigarette by the hotel valet area when 19-year-old Max Edward Hartley of Avon, Ohio allegedly hid behind a column outside the hotel before rushing at Allen, catching him off-guard and knocking him to the pavement. Allen “hit his head on the ground causing injury” during the reported attack, according to the local news outlet 7News.
The police report indicated a woman ran out of the hotel to help Allen and was also attacked by Hartley, the outlet continued. “While she is on the ground, the defendant continues to batter her by striking her,” the report reads. “[She] attempts to escape by running into the hotel. The defendant then grabs [her] by her hair and drags her out of the lobby and back onto the sidewalk before fleeing the area.”
Police arrested Hartley a short time later, when he was spotted smashing car windows near another hotel. 7News reporters attempted to question Hartley, who simply responded saying, “Stop,” the outlet continued. Hartley had visible injuries on his elbows when he raised his arms to conceal his face from the cameras. He received multiple charges including two counts of battery, four counts of criminal mischief, and abusing an elderly or disabled adult. Allen is pursuing charges against him, according to the outlet.Hartley reportedly posted bail and was released from Broward County Jail on Tuesday.
The Daily Mail newspaper reported that Hartley was in Florida on spring break and that he played football and lacrosse at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.

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