Photographer has “no interest” in shooting QOTSA after Josh Homme kicked woman in the face
Music photographer Ellen Offredy has said that she has “no interest” in working with Queens of the Stone Age following a disgusting incident in which lead singer violently kicked a fellow photographer Chelsea Lauren last weekend.
Homme initially apologised for the incident but, having been called for being insincere, the singer then tweeted an emotional and grovelling video apology. He said: “I have no excuse for what I did – I’m truly sorry and I hope you’re okay.”
He added: “I’ve made mistakes in my life – this is one of them. That means I’ve let my family and friends down as well.”
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Reflecting on the situation, photographer Offredy has insisted the first apology was weak amid reports that Lauren could sue the band. “The initial apology wasn’t sincere,” Offredy told the BBC.
“No photographer should feel threatened by an artist. We’re there to help them. Nobody should have to go through that at work. It just shouldn’t happen.
“But the video version shows he’s had time to reflect on his actions – he’s acknowledged he’s kicked a photographer and that it was inexcusable.
“Hopefully from here he’ll change his behaviour at live shows to ensure nobody else is injured.
“I’ve always been a fan of Queens of the Stone Age and they’re a band I’ve always wanted to photograph.
“But I can’t say I ever want to turn up to do a job and photograph a band and feel in danger.
“As far as I’m concerned I have no interest in working with them anymore. But I have friends who have photographed them in recent weeks and said it was one of the best experiences of their life so it really depends on how this one case is dealt with.”
Thanking the well-wishers, photographerChelsea Lauren explained her injuries: “My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I’m a bit nauseous. Assault in any form is not okay, no matter what the reasoning. Alcohol and drugs are no excuse.
“I was not breaking any rules. I was simply trying to do my job.
“I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself.”