While details of the reported attack remain unclear, police issued a warrant for Hart after the alleged victim filed a report and pressed charges for assault. Hart denied the charges in a statement to Rolling Stone. “I am totally baffled by a bizarre claim of assault by me coming out of Kentucky – the home of bluegrass and a state I love dearly,” Hart said. “Any accusation or claim of assault against me is completely false and without any basis whatsoever. I played drums on ‘Shakedown Street,’ but I never expected to be ‘The Victim or the Crime.'”
Hart, 69, played with the Grateful Dead from 1967-71, and again from 1974 until the group dissolved in 1995. He’s since played with surviving members of the band as the Dead. Recently he collected the vibrations of the Golden Gate Bridge on an accelerometer and converted the data into a soundscape, maintaining that the bridge is basically a giant wind harp.