Devonte Hynes claims he and his girlfriend were assaulted at Lollapalooza festival

Hynes and Friends singer Samantha Urbani are pressing charges after incident in Chicago

Devonte Hynes claims he and his girlfriend were assaulted at Lollapalooza festival

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Blood Orange singer Devonte Hynes has claimed he and his girlfriend, Friends singer Samantha Urbani, were assaulted by security guards at Lollapalooza festival yesterday (August 1).

In a series of tweets, Hynes said he was thrown to the ground by three security guards following Blood Orange’s mid-afternoon set at Chicago’s Grant Park, after Urbani was “grabbed”.

Hynes wrote: “Samantha and I just got assaulted by the security. We are about to press charges. They grabbed her. I asked what they were doing, and they grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground, then two others joined in on me.”






Before Blood Orange’s show, Hynes posted a picture of himself in a T-shirt with the names of four victims of police brutality, including Eric Garner, whose death was confirmed as homicide yesterday morning after he was placed in a choke hold by New York police on July 17.

Referring to his T-shirt, Hynes wrote: “I’m in pain. What the fuck? The irony after my T-shirt and message this morning. We are in shock.”



Hynes didn’t state where the alleged attack took place, but said “everyone saw it”. Urbani implied it was near the Grove Stage, where she had joined Blood Orange on stage. Urbani wrote: “We’ve discovered the guards who assaulted us were NOT Lollapalloza staff, but privately hired for that stage.”




In a further twist, Hynes claimed Lollaplooza were deleting references to the incident from their Twitter and Facebook sites. He then revealed that one of the security guards is counter-claiming that he was assaulted by Hynes. The singer wrote: “One of the security guards is claiming that I assaulted him, which is insanity. If you saw the incident, please get in touch.” He concluded: “Thanks for the support. We are both very shaken and I am pretty bruised up, but blessed to be alive in this world. Others aren’t as lucky.” Urbani added: "Thanks for the support guys, really. We're shaken, upset, sad etc, but OK. We just want to keep working against violence and abuse of power. Speak up and take care."

Lollpalooza officials have yet to respond to Hynes and Urbani's claims. The festival continues today, with Outkast, Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys among the performers.






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