Pete Doherty allegedly ‘decked’ by Swervedriver singer during Hong Kong altercation

Adam Franklin claims self-defence and that Doherty attempted to punch him first

Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin has claimed that he punched The Libertines frontman Pete Doherty during an altercation at an after-party at a Hong Kong hotel last month.

Rumours recently surfaced online of an incident occurring between the pair on November 28. The Libertines were in Hong Kong to play the Clockenflap festival in the city alongside New Order and Damien Rice.

Reached for comment by NME, Franklin claims that he “decked” Doherty after The Libertines musician provoked him at a party.

Speaking about the altercation, Franklin said: “The hotel bar at the W Hotel in Kowloon was finally closing on Saturday night and someone invited Doherty and a few others back to our hotel room where there was a little after-party going on.”

“He can’t have been in the room for more than a minute or two before some kerfuffle broke out across the room – you’d have to ask him what that was about, although good luck getting anything out of him as he surely won’t fucking remember – and he fell across to the side of the room where I was sat having a chat with Gary [Libertines drummer] and a couple of friends.”

Franklin alleges that Doherty “then suddenly took a swing at me and missed, I stood up and decked him and that was it. Gary, who I have to say is a lovely bloke, helped get him out of the room and [Doherty] was screaming “He hit me! He hit me!” while people were pointing out to him that he had in fact tried to hit me first.”

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“Apparently I had said “so you’re the famous Pete Doherty?” as I stood over him before they dragged him out, which entertained everybody else in the room and probably annoyed him but what was I supposed to say? He hadn’t even introduced himself!”

Franklin continued to say that he is “not one to pre-judge people based on reputation but when you indiscriminately lash out at someone for no reason you’re gonna get laid out big time”.

“He’s apparently really great with his fans but I might have been his biggest fan for all he knew. I mean, I’m not – I think he’s astonishingly inept and pretentious – but I could have been. The bloke’s a fucking disgrace. I wish him all the best.”

A spokesperson for The Libertines confirmed that an incident had occured in Hong Kong, telling NME: “With adrenaline running high after the show in Hong Kong, there was an unfortunate short altercation/misunderstanding of which no one was injured and apologies were made soon after.”