Tim Hildebrand, a Californian and supporter of President Trump, claims that he was attacked and left bruised by the lead singer of a rock band during a performance in Sacramento, the state capital. According to a local CBS affiliate, Hildebrand said that he was attacked by Mike Ness, 56, of the Social Distortion rock band.
Long a follower of the band, Hildebrand attend a Social Distortion concert in July that left him bloody and bruised. A video recorded the incident in which Hildebrand said Ness attacked him. Hildebrand told a local TV news program, “I wasn’t able to defend myself because people in the crowd were holding me back.” Hildebrand said that he got two black eyes, a broken lip and a concussion as a result of the fracas.
Hildebrand said that performers had made political statements before the attack. Hildebrand claims he said, “I pretty much said I paid for your music, not your politics” once singer Ness allegedly expressed criticism for President Trump from the stage. “I stood pretty much with my silent protest with my middle finger up for the next two songs,” Hildebrand said.
The video shows Ness motioning toward Hildebrand, who alleged that Ness then spat in his face. Ness is then seen leaving the state and throwing punches into the crowd. “Takes his guitar off, jumps off the stage and proceeds to punch me multiple times in the head,” Hildebrand said. Identified by the media as a farmer and Republican, Hildebrand told CBS that he was forced to leave the venue by security.
Hildebrand has since filed a police report and has plans to press charges against Ness. “Someone that has the status that he does shouldn’t get away with assaulting someone,” Hildebrand said, later adding that if Ness “wants to have a talk someday, man to man, I would love that but he would have to not be a child about it."
In a separate video, Hildebrand said that Ness had repeated various leftist mantras, including claims that the United States is "racist."