Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme apologized on Sunday after kicking a photographer's camera into her face at a radio station Christmas concert in L.A. on Saturday.
Homme was moving across the front apron of the stage when he appeared to move back a half step, stick out his leg and give the camera a hard kick. In his tweeted apology, he says he was "in a state of being lost in performance" and knew that he'd kicked over "various lighting and equipment," but was unaware "that this included a camera held by photographer Chelsea Lauren." She posted video of the incident.
Variety reported Lauren's claim that Homme "deliberately cut his own forehead, and was dripping blood for the rest of the performance." It's a stunt that wrestlers use.
In apologizing to Lauren, Homme said he didn't mean for it to happen and that he "would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending" one of the band's shows." Lauren didn't see it that way, telling Variety that Homme's action was "obviously very intentional." While Lauren continued shooting the rest of the show, she later wrote on Instagram that she spent the rest of the night in an emergency room and posted video of the incident from there.