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Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Attacked By Spring Breaker Outside South Florida Hotel

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was viciously assaulted in an unprovoked attack outside a Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday night.

Allen, who continued his sensational career with the iconic band even after he lost his right arm following a car crash in 1984, was in south Florida to co-headline a concert with Motley Crue at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported.

The 59-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was staying at the Four Seasons hotel in Fort Lauderdale and stepped out to the valet area to smoke a cigarette when he was attacked by a stranger who had been lying in wait behind a pillar, according to The Sun.

The suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Max Edward Hartley, allegedly rushed at Allen and slammed into him at full speed, knocking him down and bashing his head off of the ground, the Daily Mail reported.

Police said Allen was injured in the attack and that a woman ran out of the hotel to try to help him.

Hartley then turned his attention to her, hitting her repeatedly and dragging her by her hair, according to investigators.

“While she is on the ground, the defendant continues to batter her by striking her,” police said, according to the Daily Mail. “[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 apprehended Hartley at another nearby hotel a short while later after they allegedly spotted him busting out the windows of multiple vehicles, The Sun reported.

Hartley was booked into the Broward County Jail on four counts of criminal mischief, two counts of battery, and abusing an elderly or disabled adult.

He bailed out of jail on March 14, The Sun reported.

According to the Daily Mail, the former high school football and lacrosse player was on spring break down in Fort Lauderdale at the time of the violent attacks.

Details regarding the condition of Allen and the female victim were not immediately released.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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