Amy Harris, the photographer who accused Odd Future producer/rapper Left Brain of slapping her at this past weekend's Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans, is now considering legal action. The incident allegedly occurred while the group was performing and Harris was trying to get pictures from the photo pit. She claims that she was slapped across the face and had the camera knocked out of her hands, NBC33 reports.
OF's publicist officially stated:
There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet. Its no secret that Odd Future has a love/hate relationship with photographers at shows simply because sometimes they are given access the group wishes their fans would have instead. After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times (as they've done before) Vyron (Leftbrain) 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.
After getting wind of the statement, Harris had this to say:
I was very disheartened to learn yesterday that Odd Future is denying that one of its members, Vyron Turner ('Left Brain'), engaged in the violent conduct that so many people witnessed and even photographed or videotaped. After he so publicly attacked me, I truly believed that an apology would be immediately forthcoming, which is why I declined to press charges at that time. The unexpected turn of events, including an attack by Odd Future on my credibility and motives for discussing the incident, have caused me to re-evaluate my initial decision. I’ve contacted an attorney – Amy Borlund with Doll Amir & Eley in Los Angeles – and am pursuing my options. At a minimum, I am seeking a public apology from Vyron Turner. Ultimately, I want a resolution in which Turner is held accountable for his actions.
Organizers for the Voodoo Experience also released an official statement, which can be read below. [Pitchfork]
The Voodoo Experience does not in any way condone the behavior of Odd Future towards the approved media assembled in the photo pit during the band's set yesterday (Sunday, October 30). Festival organizers would like to apologize to their media guests who experienced and/or witnessed this abusive behavior.
Photo of Left Brain at the Voodoo Experience provided by Amy Harris.