Photographer Corroborates Amy Harris’ Account of Odd Future Attack

Agent and Festival issue apologies on heels of announcement

  • by Dave Brooks
  • Published: November 1, 2011

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Odd Future rapper Left Brain seconds before slapping freelance photographer Amy Harris. (Photo by Amy Harris)

The photographer who accused a member of the group Odd Future of assault is close to retaining an attorney and is reviewing her legal options.

Amy Harris, who was on assignment for Venues Today at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans on Sunday, claims she was assaulted by rapper Left Brain during the group’s opening song Transylvania — a track which includes the chorus “don’t got a problem smacking a bitch.”

A photographer in the photo pit with Harris during the attack has backed up her story, and Odd Future agent Carter Adams from the Windish Agency has apologized for the attack, along with organizers from the Voodoo Experience.

“I clearly saw three attempts by Left Brain attacking photographers,” said Skip Bolen, a professional photographer with Wire Image, later adding, “I saw Left Brain take a swing at photographer Chris Schwegler about 10 feet to my right — and later, I spoke to Schwegler. Left Brain hit his lens and camera hard enough that his Nikon telephoto lens was no longer fully working. It takes quite a smack to take out a lens.”

Bolen said that Left Brain might have punched Harris’ camera, but since she was using a short 125mm lens, any impact could easily cause her injury.

“When a photographer is shooting — the camera, face and lens are practically one — any attempt to hit a lens and camera is still hitting one in the face,” he said. “I later saw Amy Harris' face — it was red. I saw and held Schwegler's telephoto lens, it wasn't right.”

He also added, “Personally, I felt very threatened every time I was pointing my camera at Left Brain and we made eye contact — I thought for sure he was going to take it a step further and jump down into the photo pit.”

Odd Future Booking Agent Carter said he was “really, really sorry” about what happened. When asked if he thought the attack would enrage women’s rights groups, Carter said, “I’ve been hearing from them for the entirety of my working career with the guys. Unfortunately these incidents happen. They happen with everyone.”

Carter said he heard multiple stories about what happened and the attack was “turning into a game of Chinese telephone where every time the story changes into something else.”

Festival organizers have also apologized for the attack. Marcee Rondan from the Mitch Schneider Organization has issued the following statement: "The Voodoo Experience does not in any way condone the behavior of Odd Future towards the approved media assembled in the photo pit during the band’s set yesterday. Festival organizers would like to apologize to their media guests who experienced and/or witnessed this abusive behavior."

Interviewed for this article: Carter Adams, (773) 489-3500; Marcee Rondan, (818) 380-0400

  • by Dave Brooks
  • Published: November 1, 2011
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