by Kevin Allman
Photographer Amy Harris has filed charges against Odd Future singer Vyron "Left Brain" Turner after the much-publicized altercation between the band and the credentialed photographers in the photo pit at last weekend's Voodoo Experience.
The website Venues Today is reporting Harris filed charges with the New Orleans Police Department's Third District:
Left Brain is facing one charge of simple battery for swatting the photographer in the head, knocking the lens off her camera and leaving a red mark on her face. According to the Louisiana criminal code, simple battery is a misdemeanor offense and carries up to 6 months in jail and fines reaching $1,000.
Harris has posted a statement on her own website:
It is my understanding that a police report I filed in New Orleans on Friday has now become public knowledge and is being reported on various websites. At this time, I do not wish to discuss the filing of the police report other than to say that, upon further reflection of events of the past week, it is something I needed to do. The week’s events have been extremely upsetting and culminated with an email from an unidentified person threatening to kill me and rape me and my family. While it is certainly possible that the email came from an overzealous fan of Odd Future, and not from the group itself, it has become clear to me that this is a matter for the police.
Meanwhile, Left Brain continues to deny the incident occurred. A post that was removed from his personal Tumblr site insisted "I Didn't Slap That Old Bitch."
More bad news for Odd Future: the group has been dropped from an upcoming music festival — New Zealand's Big Day Out. After protests from the New Zealand gay community over the content of Odd Future's lyrics, the group was disinvited from appearing at the 2012 event.