Brass Against Won't Be Charged for That Onstage Bathroom Break

The band say "it's not something you'll see at our shows" again
Brass Against Won't Be Charged for That Onstage Bathroom Break
Last week, Brass Against made headlines after singer Sophia Urista urinated on a fan's face during the band's set at the Welcome to Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, FL. Despite reports of the stunt leading to a police report, the band will not be charged for the incident.

A Saturday report (November 13) from The Daytona Beach News-Journal noted that Daytona Beach police had been alerted about the incident Friday via the department's Facebook account. Police spokesperson Messod Bendayan said that he told the person to file a report.

Today, The News-Journal reports that nothing further came from the discussion following a call to the dispatcher about the incident at 9:49 a.m. Saturday morning. Bendayan told the publication, "No incident report was created because we didn't actually speak to the reporting party."

The paper reports that dispatch records show the caller, who identified herself as Nicole Shields, had asked police "if there are any ramifications" for Urista's onstage actions, telling police that her 16-year-old daughter had witnessed the incident at Welcome to Rockville. 

"She spoke to a county dispatcher initially," Bendayan shared with the paper. "We tried calling her back twice and received no response. Beyond that, we're not giving any further comment on this matter."

The News-Journal points out that Florida statute 800.03 makes it unlawful for a person to "expose his or her sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner." Indecent exposure, a first-degree misdemeanour, is punishable with up to a year in jail, or a $1000 fine.

As previously reported, a fan-shot video of Brass Against's Welcome to Rockville set showed Urista positioning herself over a fan lying face up onstage, ahead of relieving herself on the willing participant while Brass Against played a cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Wake Up."

After the clips went viral, Brass Against wrote on Twitter, "We had a great time last night at Welcome to Rockville. Sophia got carried away. That's not something the rest of us expected, and it's not something you'll see at our shows. Thanks for bringing it last night, Daytona."

In response to one cranky commentator, Brass Against noted that Urista cleaned the stage herself following the band's set.

Rockville spokeswoman Kristine Ashton-Magnuson shared the following statement from festival producer Danny Wimmer with The News-Journal: "We are aware of the situation. We do not condone the inappropriate behaviour that was displayed and have addressed this directly with the band, as well as other artists to ensure something like this doesn't happen again."

Urista and Brass Against will support Tool on tour in 2022, and you can find those dates here.