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Willis Earl Beal arrested for attack on audience member in the Netherlands

Written by FACT Team on Monday, May 28 2012

Willis Earl Beal has been arrested in the Netherlands after allegedly assaulting a man during his performance.

According to Pitchfork, the neo-bluesman was arrested in Utrecht following his performance at the city’s Le Guess Who? festival. According to reports, the singer kicked a homeless man in the face during his performance.

Beal terminated his show early, saying the following to his audience: “Because of a few bad apples, we all miss out on one more glorious, fantastic, lovely performance. I love you, and I even love the guy whose face I kicked in. I love him, too. He’s a good guy! He’s just drunk, a little.”

The victim, reportedly of no fixed abode, was allegedly under the influence of drinks and drugs, and police have been unable to offer a full picture of what happened as yet. Beal’s representatives are yet to comment. You can watch a clip of Beal pulling the plug on the show (and trash-talking an audience member to boot) below.

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