Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen 'violently assaulted by teen, 19, outside hotel' in shocking unprovoked attack | The Sun

DEF Leppard drummer Rick Allen has been assaulted by a 19-year-old teen in an unprovoked attack outside a Florida hotel.

The attack occurred on Sunday evening outside the Four Seasons hotel in Fort Lauderdale when Allen, who was smoking a cigarette in the valet area, was randomly attacked by a stranger.

Authorities later identified the suspect as Ohio resident Max Edward Hartley, 19.

Hartley was hiding behind a pillar outside the hotel before he rushed at the drummer and knocked him to the ground, according to Fort Lauderdale Police.

The attack caused Allen to bang his head on the ground, causing injury, authorities said.

Cops said a woman witnessed the assault and rushed to help Allen, who lost his left arm in a car accident in 1985.

However, the woman would fall victim to Hartley's wild antics, as he attacked her, striking her multiple times and dragging her by her hair before fleeing the area, police said.

Hartley was eventually arrested after officers at a nearby hotel saw him breaking car windows.

The teen was taken to Broward County Jail and charged with two counts of battery, four counts of criminal mischief, and abusing an elderly or disabled adult.

He was released on Tuesday after posting bail.

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Allen and Def Leppard are on their World Tour and will return to the United Kingdom on May 22 after stops in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia.

They co-headlined with Mötley Crüe on Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

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