Rapper Watsky hospitalised two of his fans at a gig in London yesterday (November 17th), after diving 35ft from the lighting rig at the Alexandra Palace in what he has admitted was a “stupid and irresponsible” stunt.
Watsky, who became known following the viral success of his ‘Pale Kid Raps Fast’ YouTube video, reportedly asked fans: “Do you have my back?” before climbing to the top of the lighting rig, which he proceeded to jump off of. When the shocked crowd below him parted, one female and one male fan were all that was left standing between him and the concrete floor. The impact of the collision left the female fan with a broken arm, while the male fan suffered back injuries.
Watch the video of the incident below.
Watsky, who was performing in London as part of the Vans Warped Tour, posted an apology to Facebook, saying: “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. 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 crowdsurf. 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 per cent energy, but jumping off some high s*** doesn’t make someone a good musician or performer. I feel f****** terrible. I made a boneheaded decision that got people hurt, and it’s extremely lucky it wasn’t worse.
“Putting your own body on the line is one thing, but putting other people in harm’s way is inexcusable. I let down my supporters, I let down the Warped Tour and I let down my band and the people who work their asses off behind the scenes to make these shows happen.
“My #1 priority right now is to somehow make this right for the folks who were hurt.”
Watsky stated that he had visited the female fan in hospital last night, and will visit the male fan today.