Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst, who two weeks ago was named a vice president at Interscope Records and whose group is the top-selling act in the country, was arrested and jailed late Monday (July 12) for allegedly kicking a security guard at a concert in St. Paul, Minn., police said.
The performance continued despite the alleged attack, during which police said Durst assaulted 29-year-old local security guard Pat Estes at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
"The victim said he was trying to remove one of the concert-goers when an unidentified person started fighting with him," said Michael Jordan, public information officer for the St. Paul Police Department.
Durst, a 29-year-old former tattoo artist, was arrested after leaving the stage at 11 p.m. Monday and released around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday after posting $50,000 bail, Jordan said.
A spokesperson for Interscope could not be reached for comment at press time.
Limp Bizkit have held the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the past two weeks with their album Significant Other. On its debut, the disc knocked pop sensations the Backstreet Boys' Millennium from the top position two weeks ago.
The incident began when Durst's security guard, Richard Allen Surrency, was trying to remove a concert-goer from the stage, Jordan said. Estes apparently mistook Surrency for another fan and tried to remove them both, Jordan explained.
"I kicked that punk a-- security guard in the head," Durst said from the stage following the incident, according to police. "That f---ing b----, you ain't gonna get a check tonight."
After a few more songs, Durst asked about Estes' whereabouts, Jordan said.
"Where's that f---ing security guard?" Durst said, according to police. "Where is that f---ing p---y b----?"
Estes was taken to a hospital for observation. His injuries weren't thought to be serious, Jordan said. "[Durst] said he was sorry he kicked [Estes] and that he shouldn't have done it," Jordan said. "He didn't seem to be nasty or mean, but he bragged to the audience that he did it."
Durst is believed to have continued on to Chicago following his release, Jordan said. Limp Bizkit are scheduled to play a show at the Aragon Ballroom on Tuesday with supporting acts rapper Kid Rock and hard-rockers Staind.
Durst has not yet been officially charged in the incident, but is due back in court at a later date, Jordan said.
Limp Bizkit's sophomore album, Significant Other, released three weeks ago, is a mixture of hard rock, hip-hop beats, rapping and heavy-metal guitars. The album, which features the hit single "Nookie" (RealAudio excerpt), sold nearly 1 million copies in its first two weeks in stores.
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