More information regarding the now well-publicized incident at the Cro-Mags show in New York City this past Friday (reported here) has surfaced. The site that seemingly broke the story, Bowery Boogie, have posted addition accounts from that night, taken from a number of local media sources. Among those reports, it is claimed that Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph alerted the event’s organizers of a possible threat from former bassist Harley Flanagan, but they did not heed his warning and Flanagan was able to obtain a press pass. The reports also state that Flanagan, who is accused of attacking Mike “The Gook” Couls and William Berario, has been charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon and that a “4-to-5-inch knife” was found after the incident.
Early Sunday Morning, Joseph posted this statement via Facebook (a snippet of which can be seen on his Twitter here, but the message and possibly the official band Facebook page have since been deleted it seems):
“WE… as a band are truly sorry for the way it all turned out in every regard even the ex-member who’s family is now effected by his choices. Our prayers go out to them as well as Mike C., and the others who were hurt, but it was ‘his’ choice to come to our concert with a hunting knife, standing by our dressing door. Who knows what his actual intent was, obviously he wasn’t there with it to cut bread for a peace offering as he was heard saying outside he was putting an end to us playing without him. Let’s move on now & stop the trash-talking. Keep that PMA – that’s what we are all about.”
And, in an interesting twist, a “Harley Defense Fund” fundraising effort has been launched via IndieGoGo here, attempting to raise up to $50,000 to “help with bail money & lawyers fees for Harley Flanagan, founder of the REAL legendary Cro-Mags.”
UPDATE (07/10 5:22pm ET): Cro-Mags have asked via their Facebook page here for donations to help with Mike “The Gook” Couls’s medical bills.
UPDATE (07/11 4:08am ET): According to a NY Post article here, Flanagan’s attorney Sean Parmenter has claimed his client acted in self-defense after being “jumped” for “retribution” by current members of Cro-Mags. Additionally, a website that has seemingly sprung up in support of Flanagan stated that he did not in fact break any bones (as was widely reported) in the incident, but did receive 38 stitches “from being sliced open”.
UPDATE (07/11 4:56pm ET): A fundraising effort has been launched to help one of the victims of the attack, Mike “The Gook” Couls, who has incurred a large hospital bill following last weekend’s incident. Information on how to donate can be found here.