Matisyahu Reportedly Kicks Photographer in the Face, Damages Her Camera
things got weird," she said.
The photographer says he stepped towards her and "the next thing I knew Matisyahu's foot was on my face and I fell to the ground." Smeyne believed he had attempted to crowd surf but "he charged at me and attempted to forcefully wrestle the camera away from me." Unsuccessful in taking the camera, Matisyahu then "ripped the external flash off the top of the camera" and "he had clearly damaged it deliberately."
"I was just attacked by Matisyahu calling cops pressing charges," Smeyne tweeted after the incident. "Wtf! He kicked me in face and broke my camera!!!!!"
Smeyne then demanded to talk to the reggae artist's manager and called the police in order to file a report. Cops arrived while Matisyahu was still performing and "made it clear they weren't leaving" until his manager came outside. According to Smeyne, the manager "apologized for Matisyahu's behavior, and said it was 'out of character" while offering to pay for the damages. Smeyne accepted but still wanted to file the police report. "Then he offered to settle in cash, on the spot," she said. "He gave me a fat stack of bills, and I thanked the police for coming out and called it a night."
The photographer added she wasn't sure what caused him "to snap" but acknowledged it was his first performances with the new appearance. Before replying to Matisyahu's statements, Smeyne added more comments on her Twitter account today regarding the incident. "Just got a CALL from a stranger who was standing next to me last night; said he was horrified that Matis would 'treat a woman like that,'" she tweeted, while a subsequent tweet added she was receiving "a lot of comments online asserting that he is a misogynist."
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