Rick Allen, Def Leppard’s one-armed drummer, attacked outside a hotel in Florida

The one-armed drummer of British rock band Def Leppard was attacked outside a Florida hotel where the band was on tour.

Rick Allen, 59, was smoking outside the Four Seasons in Fort Lauderdale a day after the band played at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel when he was suddenly attacked.

Max Hartley, 19, was arrested and charged in connection with the incident this week, which also included an attack on a good Samaritan.

ABC News informed, citing a police report. that Mr. Hartley came up behind Mr. Allen and threw himself headfirst to the ground.

According to the police report, Mr. Hartley began hitting the woman, who tried to intervene, and was pulling her hair.

Mr Hartley, who was arrested shortly after the attack, has been charged with abuse of an elderly or disabled person, the ABC reports.

Mr. Allen lost his left arm in a car accident in 1984, shortly after Def Leppard became one of the most popular bands in the world.

After a hiatus of more than 18 months, Def Leppard returned to touring with Mr. Allen still as drummer, using specially designed drum kits. To this day, he uses electronic and acoustic kits that allow his feet to do the work normally done by a drummer’s left hand.

The band remained as popular as ever and had some of their biggest hits — such as “Love Bites” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” — after Mr. Allen lost his arm.

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