Paramore has issued a statement following the alleged assault of crowd members who attended their concert in Magna, Utah on Tuesday.
“A man physically and verbally assaulted multiple women, including an engaged couple at our show,” Paramore writes in an Instagram post. “Our security team and venue staff were made aware and were able to restrain and remove him.”
“We did not realize this was happening, as the incident took place out of view from stage,” the statement continues. “Had we seen any of this happening, we would have stopped the show until the situation was under control.”
Paramore also apologizes to “the fans who were hurt by or who witnessed what happened” while adding that the group “DOES NOT CONDONE violence, homophobia, or bigotry of any kind.”
“It is supremely unwelcome in our community and has no place at our shows,” Paramore writes.
The statement concludes, “To make things as clear as possible: Paramore shows are meant to be a safe place for people. If you can’t respect that, do not come.”
The Utah show was the second date on Paramore’s ongoing comeback tour, which marks their first live show in four years. Last week, Hayley Williams and company dropped “This Is Why,” their first new song in five years. It is the title track off their next album, which is due out February 10, 2023.
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