Keith Richards Allegedly Attacks Interviewer
Published Nov 10, 2010Proving that you can't always get what you want, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards allegedly attacked a Swedish journalist during an interview in Paris yesterday (November 9) after not receiving an apology for a bad concert review the writer had published a few years prior.
According to Swedish publication Aftonbladets [via Spinner], Richards became testy while being interviewed by Markus Larsson over the guitarist's new autobiography, Life. The musician apparently hasn't forgiven the scribe for the 2 out of 5 rating Larsson gave a 2007 performance in Gothenburg, Sweden, in which the writer characterized the veteran rock group as "amateurs."
Ten minutes into the interview, Richards apparently became very agitated and began to act out at Larsson.
"His eyes got black and he was absolutely furious," Larsson said. "He stood up and asked if we would put out the lights and settle the disagreement straight away. At first I was just surprised, I thought he was pulling my leg, but then I realized he was serious and then I felt uncomfortable and I just wanted to get out of there pretty fast."
Aftonbladets reports that things got much worse, claiming that "The meeting ended with the rock star threatening Markus Larsson and hitting him in the head," before Richards told the reporter, "You're lucky to get out of here alive."
It's been a bizarre press tour for Life. Prior to the supposed fisticuffs, Richards made headlines over allegations that "unbearable" bandmate Mick Jagger has an, ahem, "tiny todger." However, that's up for debate.