Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart: “Baffled” By Assault Claims

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Former Grateful Dead drummer/percussionist Mickey Hart is, apparently, wanted for assaulting a fan. Details surrounding the incident are scarce, but CBS Cleveland reported that police in Kentucky have a warrant for Hart’s arrest, stemming from an alleged assault after a recent show.

After the news of the warrant broke, Hart issued the following press statement: “I am totally baffled by a bizarre claim of assault by me coming out of Kentucky – the home of Bluegrass and a state I love dearly. Any accusation or claim of assault against me is completely false and without any basis whatsoever. I played drums on ‘Shakedown Street,’ but I never expected to be ‘The Victim or the Crime.'”  

The Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Police Department has confirmed to CBS Local that there is, in fact, a warrant, and that it is for Hart the musician (and not someone else with the same name).  More details as they come. 

– Brian Ives, CBS Local

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