In this era of fans filing lawsuits against the stars who toss them from stages and scuffle with them at Waffle Houses, 25-year-old Londoner James Gostelow's reaction to being smacked around by Amy Winehouse is almost refreshing.
Gostelow, who was near the front of the audience for Winehouse's set Saturday night at the Glastonbury Festival in England, told BBC News that not only is he not angry about being punched by the troubled singer, he actually holds the incident as a badge of honor. "She did a great act," Gostelow said. "Not everyone can say they have been hit by Amy Winehouse."
A video of the incident shows Winehouse singing her signature tune, "Rehab," while walking in front of the crowd of 75,000. After a hat flies out of the audience, the singer appears to angrily lash out at an unseen fan. Gostelow said the whole thing was a case of mistaken identity.
He said he was enjoying the show when someone behind him tossed the hat toward Winehouse. "I saw a hat being thrown from behind me, and it hit Amy's beehive," Gostelow said. "She looked down, saw me looking up, and her elbow went for me. She caught my forehead, then someone may have shouted something from the back, which is when she went in again."
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis had previously said that someone had grabbed Winehouse, which prompted her to lash out. He said no further investigation into the incident was necessary, and Gostelow doesn't sound like he's interested in pursuing any legal action, either.
"At the end of the day, it is all part of being at the front and being pushed by thousands of people. It is all part of the Glastonbury experience," he said. "I'm just pleased I got to see her. ... I just want to shake the person who threw the hat." According to the BBC, Gostelow, who said he was "shocked" rather than angry about the incident, has handed his digital camera footage of the scuffle over to the network.
Winehouse reportedly returned to a London health clinic after her appearance at Glastonbury to receive further treatment following the recent revelation that she is suffering from symptoms consistent with the early stages of emphysema.