Matisyahu accused of kicking photographer in the face

The Jewish reggae singer allegedly attacked the journalist for 'distracting' him during a gig

Matisyahu has been accused of kicking a female photographer in the face during his ‘Festival of Light’ Hanukkah show in Brooklyn on Wednesday night (December 21).

According to TMZ, photographer Rebecca Smeyne, who was at the event to take pictures for, tweeted:

I was just attacked by Matisyahu calling cops pressing charges. Wtf! He kicked me in face and broke my camera!!!!!

She later continued: “I’m OK; after cops showed, Matisyahu’s manager, who witnessed the incident, gave me a fat stack of cash to cover damages. Happy Hanukkah!”

The photographer claims that she “barely used flash” that night, and that the singer attacked her “on purpose”.

Following the event, Matisyahu took to his Twitter, writing:

Sorry about last night. I totally snapped. I wouldn’t call it a kick, more like stepping into the crowd. And being that you’ve shot so many shows you should know how distracting a huge flash in your face is. Seemed like you were there everywhere I turned with that flash. Next time be more sensitive to the performer.

The artist has since issued a statement, which reads: “I regret what transpired when I tried to remove the camera from the photographer’s hands last night. As an artist on stage, it is very distracting and disorienting to have a camera flashing in your face for an extended period of time. I reacted impulsively out of frustration and for that I apologise.”

This is not the first time that a musician has reportedly attacked a photographer. In November, Odd Future‘s ‘Left Brain’ Vyron Turner was charged with assault after allegedly slapping a female photographer.