Incident took place in Sydney on Saturday night
Earl Sweatshirt hit a man who climbed on stage and put his arms around him during a gig in Sydney.
Footage of the incident can be seen below. It was filmed at the Max Watts venue in Sydney on July 25 as Sweatshirt’s ‘Not Redy To Leave’ tour arrived in the Australian city.
A representative for the Odd Future rapper told Pitchfork that he acted in self-defence. “That fan is not hugging him. He approached from behind and his arms are around Earl’s face and neck.”
Another spokesperson added, “Earl was attacked as far as any artist performing onstage would be concerned that is ambushed from behind, not hugged.”
Sweatshirt has also responded to the incident with the following tweets:
Earl Sweatshirt released his latest album, ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’ earlier this year. Though critically acclaimed, the rapper was less than pleased with the circumstances surrounding its release. Speaking in March, he blasted Columbia Records for announcing the LP without his permission.