Watsky Jumps Off Light Structure, Apologizes For Injuring Fans

posted November 18, 2013 03:20:00 PM CST | 21 comments

Watsky Jumps Off Light Structure, Apologizes For Injuring Fans

Watsky apologizes for jumping "off an extremely tall lighting tress."

During a recent concert in London, England, Watsky jumped off a light structure into a crowd of fans. The rapper injured audience members and had to be hospitalized.

Following this, Watsky apologized for his jump in a Facebook post.

"This is news to some, but many of you may have heard about the incident today at Warped Tour London," Watsky wrote. "I jumped off an extremely tall lighting tress during my last song, and was taken to the hospital for examination. I was released, and I'm fine, besides some nicks, bruises, and the shame of endangering the crowd."

In his Facebook post, Watsky acknowledged that his actions "hurt" one fan and broke another's arm. Watsky wrote that he visited the hospital for six hours, visiting with the injured fans. 

"The jump was not awesome," Watsky wrote. "It was not badass and it was not ballsy. It turned what should have been a great day for the people who got hurt into a nightmare. It was stupid and wildly irresponsible, plain and simple." 

In his Facebook post, Watsky also denied that alcohol or drugs influenced his decision to jump.

"I have no excuse for my actions, and the only way I can explain my mindset is that it was a huge overreach in the heat of the moment," he wrote. "No, I was not drunk or on drugs. I used to be a kid who was afraid to do anything physically dangerous. I was scared of the ball in little league, didn't want to jump into lakes and would never have had the nerve to crowd surf. But in the last year of touring, I've done increasingly risky things, maybe pushing myself by some dumb sense I am conquering my early timidity. I pride myself on trying to put on a good show and always giving 100 percent energy, but jumping off some high shit doesn't make someone a good musician or performer. I feel fucking terrible. I made a boneheaded decision that got people hurt, and it's extremely lucky it wasn't worse."

Watsky is a San Francisco rapper who appeared on Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry in 2007. His fast-rapping YouTube videos led to his appearances on "Ellen" and "Last Call With Carson Daly." Watsky has also performed on various festivals, including Rock the Bells. 

A video of the jump can be found below, as posted on nydailynews.com

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