Pete Wentz responds to taunts
Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz was allegedly involved in a club brawl in the early hours of yesterday (June 12) morning.
Fall Out Boy were due to perform a brief acoustic set at the rock club Schuba’s following their gig at Charter One Pavilion in Chicago.
However, the gig did not go as planned. According to an unnamed Schuba’s patron, in between songs during Fall Out Boy’s set “A guy started calling Pete a sell out, asking him: ‘Where’s (girlfriend) Ashlee? (Simpson) and making fun of his hoodie.”
Despite Wentz initially laughing the comments off, when Fall Out Boy exited the club’s stage, things apparently got more serious, reports MTV News.
The patron said: “They did their last song, walking off the stage and headed toward a side door to go out onto the sidewalk. But that’s when the scuffle happened. The crowd surged back, then snapped forward. From my vantage point, I could see Fall Out Boy security was pounding on the guy. The guy was down on the floor, shirt ripped, bleeding from ear and nose. There was a lot of blood.”
However Wentz claimed he was just defending himself.
He said: “Yes, the guy was heckling me and the band, so were other people, mostly in good fun. But we get heckled onstage all the time, and while I’m a jerk, I’m not the kind of person who would ever lash out at someone simply over this.
“The truth is on the way out the door I had to pass directly next to the guy and I knew it, so I kept my head down and walked out. As I did, the guy reached out and grabbed me and said something I couldn’t really hear – it was a glorious use of the English language though.
“As he grabbed me, I punched him. Yell all you want at me, say whatever, but in a situation like that I will defend myself. After that of course it got chaotic, (but) we have several independent witnesses that gave statement saying he grabbed me first. I am not worried over the outcome as I was clearly right. Anything anyone else is saying or writing is simply not true.”
As previously reported Wentz had an altercation with a security guard at the Sunshine Theatre in New Mexico in January after the guard allegedly shoved a member of the band’s security team. No charges were filed.