Alien Ant Farm frontman Dryden Mitchell has been charged with battery after he allegedly pulled a male fan’s hand onto his “genital area” at a show at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on October 29, 2022. If found guilty, Mitchell faces the prospect of one year in prison.
According to The Daily Mail, video footage of the gig shows the moment when the singer “inexplicably clenched a fan’s outreached hand and placed it on his groin.”
The fan filed a complaint with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on November 15, alleging that Mitchell had assaulted him.
“[The fan] said he had his fist in the air and was trying to get a picture with Mitchell,'” the police report reads. “[He] advised that Mitchell grabbed his fist while it was in the air and pulled the fist into his private area (genital area) against his pants. [He] stated he immediately pulled his hand away at that point.’
The fan reportedly told police officer Arthur Jennings that the singer’s action “was not sitting well with him” and that he wanted to press charges.
The fan also said that he did not want to talk about the incident until a later date on the advice of his civil lawyers.
“I’ll be more than happy to speak later. I do want the story out there because what happened was not right,” he is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.
(Photo: U.S Army Garrison Humphreys)
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