‘Humiliated’ Tim McGraw Fan Hires Lawyer, Seeks Apology
A woman who was thrown out of a Tim McGraw concert in Atlanta recently has come forward to seek an apology, and possibly more.
TMZ reports that Jesslyn Taylor is the name of the fan who was removed from McGraw’s concert at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta on July 13.
The celebrity news site initially posted a video in which it appeared that McGraw might have slapped Taylor after she grabbed at him aggressively during his encore, when he used a ramp to get close enough to slap hands with fans. The singer issued a statement through his rep, saying he “instinctively swatted” in an attempt to free himself when a fan he couldn’t see grabbed at him. Subsequent videos taken from different angles appeared to show Taylor touching the singer inappropriately, as well as tearing his pants.
Now Taylor has hired an attorney, Eric Hertz, who says his client is humiliated and angry over the incident. Hertz says Taylor was merely participating in the concert’s “interactive environment” when she grabbed McGraw, and that she wasn’t trying to touch him inappropriately. He has reportedly already contacted McGraw’s team, seeking an apology — but since Hertz is a personal injury attorney, Taylor could be looking for a financial settlement from the singer as well.
Police in Atlanta tell TMZ that if Taylor makes a formal complaint, they’ll be obliged to investigate, but they add that since the videos make her appear to be the aggressor, that makes McGraw’s response a “common reaction” that was justified by her actions.
“I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around,” McGraw says of the incident. “But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on. It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.”