Kurt Cobain stops sexual assault during a Nirvana gig, 1993
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Remembering the time Kurt Cobain stopped a sexual assault during a Nirvana gig, 1993

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was a man of strong principles. He was a man who knew what he believed in, knew what he considered to be the right thing and he was never afraid to make himself known.

Cobain, on stage with his Nirvana bandmates during a show in Oakland on New Year’s Eve in 1993, confronted a male fan in the crowd who was allegedly groping a female in the front row during a gig.

Cobain, clearly distracted by what he had seen in the audience, stopped his acoustic rendition of ‘Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam’ and threw his guitar to the ground before rushing over to the crowd. Having alerted security and pointed to the door, Cobain returned to the microphone and said: “copping a feel, eh buddy?” as other onlookers seemed confused by the interaction.

Bassist Krist Novoselic, becoming aware of what had happened, added: “How’s it feel, huh?” before publicly ridiculing the man who was accused of sexually assaulting the woman in the crowd.

It was a momentous moment, one that offered yet another insight into the mindset of Cobain who relentlessly fought for what he believed in.

Below, you’ll find the footage of that moment.

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