***UPDATE*** Mickey Hart Wanted for Assault Charges
- By Rachel McQuade
- Published on September 12, 2012
*** UPDATE Sept. 13, 3:00 p.m.***
Mickey's people sent over a statement from the man himself:
I am totally baffled by a bizarre claim of assault by me coming out of Kentucky – the home of Bluegrass and a state I love dearly. Any accusation or claim of assault against me is completely false and without any basis whatsoever. I played drums on “Shakedown Street,” but I never expected to be “The Victim or the Crime.” - Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, has had a warrant issued for his arrest in the state of Kentucky for allegedly assaulting someone at the Mickey Hart Band show on September 8 at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Although details are hazy, “multiple law enforcement agencies” told TMZ on Wednesday that the victim filed a police report after the incident. The unnamed person decided to press charges, causing the warrant to be issued, a move that is apparently “standard procedure” in Kentucky.
Michael Hartman was a member of the Grateful Dead from 1967 to 1971 and again from 1974 until 1995 when Jerry Garcia died and the Grateful Dead essentially disbanded. He continued to perform in various groups that included members from the Dead, Particle, Phish, and more. In 2008, he created the Mickey Hart Band and has been touring with a constantly changing lineup of members since. The band’s next performance is at Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival in mid-October.