Music photographer says she has “no interest” in working with Queens of the Stone Age after Josh Homme incident

Ellen Offredy said that "no photographer should feel threatened by an artist" after Homme was filmed kicking a photographer

Music photographer Ellen Offredy has said that she has “no interest” in working with Queens of the Stone Age after Josh Homme was filmed kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren last weekend.

Homme issued two apologies to Lauren after footage of the incident was uploaded online, saying: “I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I was a total dick and I’m truly sorry and I hope you’re OK. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them. I apologise for that, and to you.”

The fall-out from the incident has continued after Offredy, who has worked with a number of major bands and music publications, told BBC Newsbeat that she didn’t want to ever  “turn up to do a job and photograph a band and feel in danger.

“No photographer should feel threatened by an artist. We’re there to help them,” she said. “Nobody should have to go through that at work. It just shouldn’t happen.

Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme

Saying that Homme’s initial tweeted apology “wasn’t sincere”, Offredy continued: “But the video version shows he’s had time to reflect on his actions – he’s acknowledged he’s kicked a photographer and that it was inexcusable.

“Hopefully from here he’ll change his behaviour at live shows to ensure nobody else is injured.”

While she has never had the opportunity to shoot Queens of the Stone Age, Offredy said that she now had “no interest in working with them anymore.”

“I’ve always been a fan of Queens of the Stone Age and they’re a band I’ve always wanted to photograph,” Offredy said. “But I can’t say I ever want to turn up to do a job and photograph a band and feel in danger.

“As far as I’m concerned I have no interest in working with them anymore.

“But I have friends who have photographed them in recent weeks and said it was one of the best experiences of their life so it really depends on how this one case is dealt with.”

Homme also said in his apology video that the incident meant that he had “failed” at being “a good man”.

“I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that. That means I failed my family and friends as well. I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing so. So, I apologise also to my bandmates and my mum and my dad. My wife, my brother and my kids.”