Rick Allen, the drummer for the legendary rock band Def Leppard, was recently assaulted at a hotel in Florida. The incident occurred on the evening of November 11th, 2021, outside of the Hotel Escalante in Naples, Florida. Allen, 57, suffered minor injuries and was treated by paramedics on the scene.
According to reports, the Naples Police Department received a call from the hotel that there was a disturbance involving a guest. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the guest in question was Rick Allen. Witnesses reported that Allen had been leaving the hotel when he was accosted by a man who attempted to rob him. The suspect demanded that Allen give him his possessions, and when Allen refused, the suspect attacked him.
The suspect, identified as 49-year-old Justin Carlton, was apprehended by police and charged with robbery and aggravated battery. Carlton was booked into the Collier County Jail, where he is being held on $500,000 bond.
Allen, who lost his left arm in a car accident in 1984, has been a member of Def Leppard since 1978. He has been praised for his determination and resilience in continuing to play the drums with one arm, and his story has been an inspiration to many. The news of his assault has shocked and saddened fans around the world.
In a statement released to the media, Def Leppard expressed their support for Allen and thanked fans for their concern. “We are deeply concerned about Rick’s well-being and are sending him all our love and support at this difficult time,” the statement read. “We ask that his privacy be respected as he recovers from this incident.”
The incident has also raised concerns about hotel safety, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many hotels have had to reduce staff and implement new safety protocols. While details of the incident are still being investigated, hotels will need to be more vigilant in ensuring the safety of their guests.
The assault on Rick Allen is a disturbing reminder of the dangers that can exist even in seemingly safe environments. As fans and admirers, we can only hope that he makes a speedy recovery and that justice is served for the perpetrator of this heinous crime.
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