Rick Allen Says He’s Still Dealing with Trauma from Florida Assault
Rick Allen was assaulted outside of a hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in March. In a new interview, he says he’s still dealing with trauma from that scary attack.
The Def Leppard drummer shared in an interview on The Jeremy White Show that everyday moments trigger him. He explained, “When I hear footsteps behind, me, I use shop window like a rearview mirror these days just to check out who’s behind me.”
Allen noted, “I’m just looking forward to being home and continuing to work through it.”
Back in May, Allen opened up to Good Morning America (GMA) about the attack. He said, “I heard a couple of steps and then I just saw this [flash] and the next thing I knew was I was on the ground.” Allen noted, “I don’t think he knew who I was, but he must have seen that I wasn’t a threat because, you know, I’ve only got one arm.”
As previously reported, Allen’s attacker was a 19-year-old man named Max Edward Hartley. After attacking Allen outside of the Four Seasons in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Hartley was later arrested at a nearby hotel for breaking car windows. He was charged with a number of crimes, including abusing an elderly or disabled adult. GMA notes Hartley was charged with “two counts of battery and four counts of criminal mischief.” Hartley has pleaded not guilty to all six charges.
The History of Def Leppard
On the surface, stories like this about Allen could make for an interesting Def Leppard biopic. However, frontman Joe Elliott disagrees.
Elliott told U.K.’s Metro in April, “There is a story to tell, but the only problem is from a media perspective, it’s just about two big things: Rick [Allen]’s arm and Steve [Clark]’s death … We’d have to pull out a lot of truths that were never told to make it interesting.”
Of course, there technically was a Def Leppard biopic already: The 2001 VH1 TV movie Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story. Elliott has slammed that film many times in the press. One notable time was in 2019 when he told Rolling Stone it was “the biggest pile of sh-t ever made.”