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Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Recovering From Surprise Attack

Florence Carmela
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Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has suffered a head injury after violently assaulted by a teenage boy in an apparent sneak attack at a South Florida hotel. The one-armed musician had been struck and had his head slammed to the ground after being ambushed.

According to TMZ "an arrest report, obtained by TMZ, Allen was puffing on a cigarette as the suspect was lying in wait behind a pole outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach. Police say the teen suspect, Max Hartley, then ran toward Allen at full speed, striking him and knocking him backward and slamming his head on the ground. The woman got up and tried to run back into the hotel, but cops say Hartley grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back outside."

"Hartley fled to another hotel nearby, but was ultimately arrested after he allegedly damaged numerous cars in a parking garage. The 19-year-old was booked for elder abuse, battery and criminal mischief. He was later released after posting bail. Def Leppard and their 59-year-old drummer are in South FL to co-headline a Sunday concert with Mötley Crüe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino." Taken from the TMZ website.

On the afternoon of December 31, 1984, New Years Eve, Rick Allen's left arm was severed in a car accident. Doctors were able to reattach his limb initially, but then had to amputate it because an infection set it. Using his right arm and both of his feet, he has continued on as Def Leppard's drummer.

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