Gavin DeGraw Attacked in Manhattan

Pop singer is recovering from broken nose after mysterious assault

August 9, 2011 9:15 AM ET
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Gavin Degraw performs recently in Pennsylvania.
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Gavin DeGraw, the singer-songwriter best known for his pop hits "I Don't Want to Be" and "Chariot," was hospitalized late Sunday night after he was assaulted by a group in Manhattan's East Village. According to New York police spokesman Lieutenant John Grimpel, it is still unclear why DeGraw was attacked, but a source tells Us Weekly that it was "not his fault."

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DeGraw was listed in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital Center after suffering a broken nose and facial cuts in the attack. A representative for the singer issued a statement saying that he is "currently under observation."  DeGraw is scheduled to open for a Maroon 5 and Train gig in Saratoga Springs tonight, but a source told Us Weekly that "they don't know if he will be okay to make the show."


According to a statement from DeGraw's representatives, he is "currently recovering and in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital where he was taken late Sunday night by ambulance after he was attacked by a group of assailants. He suffers from a concussion, broken nose, black eyes, cuts and bruises." Police are conducting an investigation of the attack, and no decisions have been made regarding the status of his upcoming tour.

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