Odd Future member 'Left Brain' accused of slapping photographer
Odd Future has found itself in more controversy for its onstage antics.
The L.A.-based hip-hop collective was in New Orleans over the weekend for a set at the three-day Voodoo Experience when Vyron "Left Brain" Turner got physical with the photographers stationed in a pit below the stage.
Turner slung water at the photographers, pushed and kicked their cameras and finally slapped freelance photographer Amy Harris "across her face, knocking her camera to the ground," NBC33 News in New Orleans reported.
"I have worked many shows before, and I've had to deal with a band flinging water at the photographers, but I never expected this to happen," Harris told NBC33. She indicated, however, that she had no plans to file charges. She said her camera wasn't damaged.
Earlier during the set Odd Future's leader, known as Tyler the Creator, shared with the crowd his dismay for photographers and called their front-of-the-house concert access unfair.
An Odd Future representative denied that Turner had struck Harris and said the incident had been "wildly blown out of proportion by the photographers."
"There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet. 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 there fans would have instead," the rep wrote in a statement sent to Pop & Hiss.
"After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times," the statement says, Turner "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.”
— Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Odd Future's Vyron Turner, aka Left Brain, performs at the Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans on Sunday. Credit: Steve C. Mitchell / EPA