Woman Is Filing Charges Against Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme


Video surfaced of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren on Saturday during a performance, and now Lauren is telling Variety that she plans to file charges against Homme.

A social worker who looked at the video while she was at the hospital following the incident was one of several people, including many who have seen the clip on social media, who have encouraged her to press charges. She plans to file a police report Sunday.

“I feel like if I don’t do anything, he gets to kick people in the face and not get in trouble because he’s a musician,” the photographer said. “That’s not right.”

A fan named Dan wrote on Facebook, “He kicked the CAMERA!! I was there. She wasn’t hurt. Stayed and shot the rest of the show too, on the catwalk where she wasn’t supposed to be!!”

Josh Homme has responded:

During a recent interview with Adam Buxton, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme discussed being arrested in the past at an airport. When Buxton was discussing airports, Homme said he’d been arrested at one. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“Which I’ve been arrested at.”

“I told them that I thought there were certain things they could improve, but that was on the way out. But also my friend Jesse Hughes for my birthday the night before, I had a party at my house, and I was traveling early the next morning. What’s funny is he was on tour so he was going to be there, and he gave me a collapsable wand as a gift, which is a weapon, a baton.

He put it in my overnight bag right by the door, which I had packed, so I just went to the airport, because I packed my bag, and I said, ‘That was a gift. That seems weird right? Does that seem like a weird thing? Actually look at my license. See how I smell like booze? And clearly I haven’t slept, and also both of those things ain’t illegal, and here’s my license, which says oh my god, I turned a year older. So you can see where the misunderstanding is, in fact, it’s yours, from one guy to another.’ Then I ended up going to jail.”

He then added, “So then I said I’d like you to hear the following things since we’re going to jail. So I explained all of this stuff in my own language, which apparently was no good. Took a few kicks in the ribs.”