Country crooner Luke Bryan is the latest celebrity to get into hot water for hitting a fan of late, allegedly seen slapping a man who was in the front row at his Wednesday night performance in Nashville.
Bryan’s rep released the following statement to ET Canada regarding the incident which took place at a Charlie Daniels’ All-Star Volunteer Jam concert: “A man in front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance. It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support and celebrate Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for the military veterans – some of who were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw the man’s disruptive actions of the event and he was escorted out.”
The altercation took place during Bryan’s performance, with the singer shown in a fan-shot video posted to YouTube bending over from the edge of the stage reaching out to slap the fan. The man in the audience can also be heard taunting Bryan, saying “come on,” ahead of the singer’s violent reaction. Another audience member nearby was holding up a sign that read “we can see your camel toe,” pointing fun at Bryan’s tight pants he is known for.
The charity event was first launched in 1974, with a portion of the proceeds going to Daniels’ Journey Home Project, helping U.S. military veterans. Also performing at the concert were Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt and Three Doors Down, as well as Daniels himself as the closing act to help him celebrate his 80th birthday.
Bryan isn’t the only star to lose his cool, physically lashing out at a fan in recent weeks. Just over a week ago Justin Bieber faced legal trouble after punching a fan in Barcelona, drawing blood. The young man, Kevin Ramirez, 18, is pursuing legal action against Bieber for assault, saying he is “disappointed” and “very hurt” by the singer and plans to take legal action.