BlogFebruary 25, 2015 7:46 PM ET

Enter Shikari singer throws punches after scrotum grab during show -- watch

Rou Reynolds, frontman of UK post-hardcore/rock outfit Enter Shikari, recently experienced some strange groping from fans at a Portsmouth, UK show, prompting the singer to throw a series of punches at an unseen fan. Here is a brief video clip of the incident:





Today Reynolds issued a statement regarding the incident:

"Just seen this video and in order to stop speculation just thought I'd clear up what happened.

"After performing the end of 'Radiate' in the crowd some people behind me began trying to pull my trousers down. I tried to push them away a few times but due to the density of the crowd this didn't work. It then progressed (perhaps fuelled by some sort of stubborn oneupmanship) and I began to have my buttocks and my... er, 'undercarriage' groped. At this point I spun round pretty shocked and intimidated and asked angrily if they "wanted a punch" - lighter approaches having not worked! - hoping his would stop it.

"That seemed to do the opposite and gave them more vigour. I defy anyone to have their scrotum grabbed and not lash out instinctively...

"Obviously violence is never the answer and I'm very unhappy personally with how I acted. I should have left the crowd and headed back to stage immediately when this started happening but due to the density of the crowd and the intensity of the situation things played out differently, I'm only human.

"The rest of the show was thoroughly enjoyable and the audience overall were great. Everyone else we met before and after the show was absolutely lovely too. It's a shame but obviously because of this incident I won't be heading into densely packed crowds in the near future.

"P.S. To address the 'they paid to see you, so it doesn't matter what they did...' argument; the ticket price for an Enter Shikari show doesn't include free access to my gonads I'm afraid. You're not a doctor. And I'm not a prostitute.

"We appreciate and respect every single person that supports us and all we ask in return is respect back. The way this person/people acted was not respectful whatsoever."

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ineedmoresalt 2/25/2015 6:02:12 PM

Takes balls to go to one of their shows...or lack of hearing


anonymous 2/25/2015 6:10:20 PM

"P.S. To address the 'they paid to see you, so it doesn't matter what they did...' argument; the ticket price for an Enter Shikari show doesn't include free access to my gonads I'm afraid. You're not a doctor. And I'm not a prostitute. This guy rules.


anonymous 2/25/2015 8:44:36 PM

He shouldn't even have to explain. If you you h his balls youre going to get punched and it will be filed unded self defense. Done.


anonymous 2/25/2015 9:20:14 PM

surprised he just didn't throw some triangles at him


anonymous 2/26/2015 12:37:45 AM

but what if the fondler was a doctor? Huh, homosexual


anonymous 2/26/2015 1:06:22 AM

Rou is a good dude


anonymous 2/26/2015 1:13:08 AM

He clearly isn't a fan of butt touches.


anonymous 2/26/2015 1:14:47 AM

If you don't want your shit touch ped then you either 1 pull your fcking pants up 2 don't go into a crowd where you know damn well girls (or guys) want to grab your junk Problem solved


anonymous 2/26/2015 5:14:47 AM

"P.S. To address the 'they paid to see you, so it doesn't matter what they did...' argument; the ticket price for an Enter Shikari show doesn't include free access to my gonads I'm afraid." Haha! Fair play to him!


anonymous 2/26/2015 9:17:19 AM

Guy must be a big Afroman fan


smokeweedhailsatan 2/26/2015 10:35:00 AM

If you don't want your shit touch ped then you either 1 pull your fcking pants up 2 don't go into a crowd where you know damn well girls (or guys) want to grab your junk  Problem solved SHUT THE fck UP


anonymous 2/26/2015 1:21:51 PM

"They stripped me naked had me lift my ballsack up so they could check underneath it, and then had me bend over and spread my asscheeks apart so they could look inside my jerk."


anonymous 2/26/2015 5:16:52 PM

routine prostate check