Techno veteran Richie Hawtin took out a female punter with a large monitor.
Hawtin was playing at New York City’s Time Warp event when he appeared to take exception to a fan recording his set on an iPhone. At around 45 seconds into the video below, you see Hawtin push one of his large monitors straight into the girl as she attempts to film him.
We hope it was an accident rather than an uncalled-for reaction to her filming but it really doesn’t look like it. Nobody likes a phone thrust in their face, but taking someone out with a huge speaker is a bit much.
The eager videographer was reportedly uninjured. Her iPhone screen didn’t crack either.
Update: Hawtin has now apologised for the incident on his Facebook page, as pointed out by Resident Advisor:
Regarding the incident at Time Warp in New York this weekend which is being posted and talked about on the web, I would like to apologise here to the girl involved. It was not my intention that the speaker fell. Only to nudge the monitors in her direction and for her to understand that perhaps she had filmed enough. I was as surprised as I’m sure she was when it moved the way it did and the top speaker fell off of the stack. For that, I’m extremely sorry and embarrassed about what happened. This was never my intention. Sometimes being in the middle of the spotlight, continual cameras and glaring iPhone lights, things can get stressful and frustrating. I’m sorry that this frustration took an unexpected turn and took away from anyone’s experience of Time Warp. I have tried to reach the girl to apologise personally but have not yet been able to track her down and will continue to try to contact her.
You can watch the footage below or see the original video on Facebook.