Blood Orange's Dev Hynes Says He Was 'Jumped' By Lollapalooza Security After Police Brutality Speech

Lollapalooza Artist Allegedly Jumped By Security After Performing
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Blood Orange performs onstage during day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Blood Orange performs onstage during day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

British artist Dev Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange, says that he and his girlfriend, Samantha Urbani, were assaulted by Lollapalooza security shortly after his Friday, August 1, performance at the music festival. Hynes sent out several tweets explaining the situation.

Samantha and I just got assaulted by the security. We are about to press charges

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

They grabbed her I asked what they were doing and they grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground, then two others joined in on me

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

Everyone saw it. We are pressing charges, I can't believe it. I'm so upset. Why is this still happening? I just want to make music

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014


— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

If they're doing this to the musicians playing, then how have they been treating all the attendees throughout the day?

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

Thanks for the support. We are both very shaken and I am pretty bruised up. But blessed to be alive in this world. Others aren't as lucky. X

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

Ps. One of the security guards is claiming that I assaulted him which is insanity. If you saw the incident please get in touch. Thanks.

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

Hynes said that he gave a speech during his set touching on racism and police brutality. He was also wearing a shirt that he and his girlfriend made with the names of several victims of race-charged violence and police brutality, including Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.

Samantha & I made this T-shirt which I'm wearing today. The set is dedicated to these names & more. We remember.

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 1, 2014

I gave a speech on racism and police brutality and then I am jumped by three security guards and my gf is assaulted. @lollapalooza

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

I'm in pain, what the fuck. The irony after my t shirt and message this morning, we are in shock

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

Urbani shared her own account of the events and thoughts on her Twitter page.

Fans came to the couple's defense, writing comments addressing the situation on the festival's Facebook page, but the comments were quickly deleted after they were posted.

Apparently people are tweeting & writing on @lollapalooza Facebook page and they keep deleting the comments

— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 2, 2014

@devhynes I wrote on their Facebook asking about it and they deleted my comment.

— Jennifer (@sooosleepy) August 2, 2014

@devhynes @lollapalooza keep in their mentions folks...they are removing the posts as quick as they go up

— a.Bohemia (@ayannabohemia) August 2, 2014

Lollapalooza released a brief statement through Pitchfork acknowledging the "incident."

"Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site. Since then, we have been in contact with those involved and the authorities, as we work together to resolve the situation. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone at the festival."

We will update this post as more information comes in.

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