Odd Future Deny Slapping Female Photographer

Voodoo Festival issues apology for group's 'abusive behavior'

November 1, 2011 11:25 AM ET
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Left Brain of Odd Future performs during the Voodoo Experience at City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Odd Future has shot down reports suggesting that group member Vyron "Left Brain" Turner attacked a group of photographers – and slapped a female photographer in the face – at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon.

"There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet," the controversial hip-hop collective said in a statement. "It's no secret that Odd Future has a love/hate relationship with photographers at shows simply because sometimes they are given access the group wishes their fans would have instead. After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times – as they've done before – Vyron (Left Brain) took a swipe at a few cameras, not people. To manipulate the situation to insinuate an attack on a woman specifically is careless and manipulative."

Regardless, the organizers of the Voodoo Festival issued a formal apology to the media guests "who experienced and/or witnessed this abusive behavior" and made it clear that they do "not in any way condone the behavior of Odd Future toward the approved media assembled in the photo pit."

Nate "Igor" Smith, a photographer in the pit, wrote a post on his blog backing up Odd Future's claim that Left Brain did not slap photographer Amy Harris. "Left Brain came out to the front of the stage and swatted at photographers' cameras," says Smith. "He slapped the guy to the left of me. It was pretty hard and kinda fucked up but I didn’t expect anything less… Moments later Left Brain slapped another camera. [T]his time it was a camera belonging to a woman. She almost dropped it but caught the strap and was perfectly fine, just clearly shaken by the experience."

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