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Drummer Hart wanted on assault charges

  • 04/15/2011: D11:
    1/16/2009: B1: Mickey Hart performs during the Harmony Festival in June at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
    PC: Mickey Hart performs during the Harmony Festival, Friday June 6, 2008 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who lives outside Sebastopol, faces possible arrest in Kentucky after a man accused him of assault following a concert.

The warrant stems from a Sept. 8 concert of the Mickey Hart Band at the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival in Harrodsburg, Ky.

After the show, a man filed an assault report with the Harrodsburg Police Department alleging that Hart assaulted him, according to celebrity site TMZ and confirmed by a police dispatcher.

Details of the incident were not immediately available. Harrodsburg Police Lt. Chad Powell told the Associated Press the investigation is ongoing and the paperwork could not be released. Mercer County Attorney Ted Dean was in court Thursday morning and did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Hart said he was "baffled by a bizarre claim of an assault" in an email Thursday.

"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,'" he said, referencing two songs by the Grateful Dead.

Hart played with the Grateful Dead from the late 1960s until Jerry Garcia's death in 1995, with a several-year break in the 1970s.


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