Rock Icon, Rick Allen, Is The Victim Of An Alleged Attack At Hotel

Dani Sanders
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This is some shocking news, folks! It's been reported that Rick Allen, the legendary drummer from Def Leppard, was allegedly attacked and left injured and shaken outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The incident went down on March 13, 2023, while the band was in town for a gig with none other than Mötley Crüe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Can you believe it? We're all left wondering what happened in this dramatic alleged attack on one of rock's greatest drummers.

Here's what we know about the alleged attack so far:

Teenager Allegedly Attacked Rick Allen Outside Four Seasons Hotel

A teenager attacked Rick Allen outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, where he was staying during his visit to the area.

One-Armed Drummer Suffers Injury In Attack

The alleged attack left the one-armed drummer of Def Leppard injured and shaken.

The Attacker Was Identified As Max Hartley

The teenager who allegedly attacked Rick Allen has been identified as Max Hartley, from Cleveland, Ohio.

Attack During Smoke Break

Rick Allen was outside the hotel smoking a cigarette when Max Hartley allegedly attacked him.

Behind A Pole

According to an arrest report obtained by TMZ, Max Hartley was lying in wait behind a pole outside the Four Seasons Hotel before he ran towards Rick Allen.

Allen Was Knocked To The Ground

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Max Hartley allegedly ran towards Rick Allen at full speed, striking him and knocking him backward before slamming his head on the ground.

Woman Tries To Help Rick Allen

A woman came out of the hotel to try to help Rick Allen after he was allegedly attacked, but Max Hartley also knocked her to the ground.

Attacker Drags Woman Back Outside

According to the arrest report, Max Hartley grabbed the woman by the hair and dragged her back outside the hotel after she tried to run back inside.

The Alleged Attacker Fled The Scene

Max Hartley fled to another nearby hotel after the alleged attack but was ultimately arrested after allegedly damaging numerous cars in a parking garage.

Max Hartley Faces Multiple Charges

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Max Hartley has been charged with elder abuse, battery, and criminal mischief.

Rick Allen Wants Attacker Prosecuted

Rick Allen has reportedly provided a statement to police and has said that he wants Max Hartley prosecuted for the alleged attack.

Def Leppard Has Not Released A Statement

Def Leppard has not yet released a statement regarding the alleged attack on their drummer.

Rick Allen Lost His Left Arm In A 1984 Car Accident

Not the first time Rick Allen lost his left arm in a near-fatal car accident in England in 1984 when he was just 21 years old.

Doctors Initially Reattached Allen's Arm.

Doctors initially reattached Rick Allen's severed arm after the accident, but it had to be amputated later due to an infection.

Allen Continued Playing Drums With A Specially Designed Kit


Despite losing his arm, Rick Allen continued playing drums with a specially designed kit and has become one of the greatest drummers ever.

Def Leppard Co-Headlining Concert With Mötley Crüe

Def Leppard was in South Florida to co-headline a concert with Mötley Crüe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Fans React To News Of  Attack

Fans of Def Leppard and Rick Allen have taken to social media to express their shock and concern over the alleged attack.

Rock Community Sends Well Wishes To Rick Allen

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Members of the rock community have also sent their good wishes to Rick Allen, wishing him a speedy recovery

Investigation Is Going Strong

The investigation into the alleged attack on Rick Allen continues. Police are still gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses to determine the full details of the incident.