Black Keys drummer claims ‘bully asshole’ Jack White tried to start a fight with him in New York

Patrick Carney says "A 40 year-old bully tried to fight the 35 year-old nerd" in alleged incident last night (September 13)

Patrick Carney of The Black Keys has accused Jack White of trying to start a fight with him in New York last night (September 13).

UPDATE: Jack White has responded to Carney and told him to “quit whining”, leading to the drummer calling time on the argument. Read the latest here.

The band’s drummer made his allegations on Twitter, saying that he had never met White before but that White “was mad” and “tried to fight me” when the pair found themselves in the same bar. Carney went on to call White a “bully asshole” and described him as “basically Billy Corgan’s dumb ass zero t-shirt”.

See all of Carney’s tweets below. A spokesperson for Jack White has been approached for comment by NME but has not responded at the time of publication.

There is a history of feuding between Jack White and The Black Keys. In 2013, an email leaked to TMZ which was allegedly sent by White to his ex-wife Karen Elson appeared to show the former White Stripes frontman branding Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach a “copy” and an “asshole”.

One of the emails allegedly found White complaining that Elson had enrolled their two children into the same Nashville school as Auerbach’s daughter.

White subsequently apologised for the comments and publicly stated that he wishes The Black Keys “all the success that they can get”.