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BLACK CROWES ENTOURAGE MEMBER BEATEN BY UNDERCOVER COPS; BADLY SHAKEN, BAND BRINGS LOUISVILLE CONCERT TO ABRUPT HALT

 LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Def American Recordings:
 Following the shocking beating of a member of The Black Crowes entourage, the band aborted a sold-out concert last night at the Gardens in Louisville.
 The Black Crowes had just taken the stage when three men bearing no concert credentials attempted to gain entry into the backstage area. When the band's director of security, Raul Flores tried to stop them, one of the men presented his badge and identified himself as an undercover narcotics officer; the other two continued past Flores toward the backstage area. They were again halted, this time by Kevin Wegman of Nice Man Merchandising which handles all merchandising for the tour.
 Neither man offered Wegman identification nor presented a search warrant. When Wegman attempted to stop them and ascertain their identity he was, according to eyewitness, assaulted by the two men who proceeded to brutally whip him about the head and face with a pair of handcuffs and a police baton. Suffering extensive lacerations, Wegman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he spent approximately eight hours. Hospital records have yet to be released. He was released into police custody early this morning and arraigned on four counts -- assault in the fourth degree, obstructing justice, resisting arrest and interfering with police activities. He is now free on bond, and is scheduled to appear at Jefferson District Court on March 23.
 Witnessing the beating of Wegman, Flores made an attempt to inform him of the identity of the narcotics agents, but was arrested and also charged with the same four counts. He is also out on bail.
 Immediately following its first number, The Black Crowes were told of the circumstances, and witnessed Wegman's bloody condition from on-stage. Shocked and visibly upset, the band left the stage to make sure that Wegman was properly attended to. Representatives of the bank and the concert's promoter explained the situation to the crowd, imploring the fans leave the facility in an orderly manner. What could have developed into a riotous situation was deftly handled, as there were no reports of disturbances or destruction to the venue caused by fans.
 Attorneys for The Black Crowes, Wegman and Flores have subsequently learned that Lt. Dale Liechty of Metro Narcotics has acknowledged that The Black Crowes were not involved in any illegal or illicit activity nor that they possessed any drugs. Contrary to usual procedure, the undercover officers also failed to inform Black Crowes security that they would require access to a restricted area.
 "This was a situation where, as head of security for The Black Crowes, Flores was just doing his job," stated Bart Adams, attorney for the Crowes, Flores and Wegman. "For all anyone knew, these three men could have been high on some sort of drug and carrying a weapon, presenting a very dangerous situation for the band and their entourage."
 It was reported in the local media that officers involved issued slanderous and false statements that "members of the band had been arrested for drug-related charges," and that they "believe (Chris) Robinson (the group's lead singer) had tried to incite the crowd."
 -0- 3/8/93
 /CONTACT: Heidi Ellen Robinson of Def American Media Relations, 818-953-7910/


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