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Gavin DeGraw recovering after attack in New York

August 9, 2011 |  1:59 pm


Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw was recovering Tuesday in a New York hospital after being attacked and beaten by three men early Monday morning, then getting hit by a cab about a mile away from the scuffle.

The attack occurred around 4 a.m. in New York City's East Village, shortly after the musician parted ways with some drinking buddies. DeGraw suffered a concussion, broken nose, black eyes, cuts and bruises, his publicist said.

After the "pack of thugs" -- that's the New York Post's description -- fled, DeGraw continued walking until he was hit, though not seriously injured, by a cab.

Police said a 911 caller reported that a man with blood on his shirt who appeared to be "heavily intoxicated" needed help, according to People. Police sources told the mag that DeGraw's recollections are clouded by his head injuries and the possibility that he was not sober during the attack, and said that "some kind of argument" had occurred between the strangers and the singer.

DeGraw was said to be in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital on Tuesday.

The guy who hit the mainstream when his song "I Don't Wanna Be" was picked as the "One Tree Hill" theme has been touring as the opening act for Train and Maroon 5. Singer-songwriter Nikki Jean will fill DeGraw's shoes at the tour's Tuesday stop in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., according to TMZ.

The singer's rep issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon that DeGraw has also canceled performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday.


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Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Gavin DeGraw gives a piano lesson to Caitlyn Baensch, left, and Lauren Baensch, right, as part of a promotional program Aug. 5 for Starwood hotels. Credit: Matt Peyton / Associated Press