The 'Smooth Criminal' guitarist 'assumed' he'd been hit by urine

Alien Ant Farm‘s guitarist Terry Corso has pleaded guilty to assaulting a fan at a gig – after he assumed he’d been pelted with urine.

The ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘Movies’ four-piece were performing at Chester’s Live Rooms venue when the altercation took place on Wednesday 26 October, resulting in Corso assaulting fan Richard Newton.

Corso’s solicitor, Stephen Ferns, said that the band had urine thrown on them at a gig in Preston two days before the Chester gig, and they’d assumed the same had happened again.

“Two days before in Preston someone threw urine at the singer [Dryden Mitchell] and they all stormed off stage,” Mr Ferns told the Chester Standard. “Then on the 26th in Chester, Terry Corso had something thrown at him which he assumed was urine.

“He felt angry at that so he confronted the fan and ended up hitting him once.”

He added: “He regrets his actions and says he never should have jumped off the stage.”

Corso was given a two month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85, as well as compensation to Mr Newton of £100 and a victim surcharge of £20.

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Alien Ant Farm have spent much of the last year touring their classic 2001 ‘ANThology’ in full.