Tim McGraw Resolves Fan Slapping Incident
Just weeks after a fan got a lawyer to pursue an apology from Tim McGraw over an incident that took place at one of his concerts, the superstar has resolved the matter privately.
Jesslyn Taylor was thrown out of McGraw's concert at Aaron's Amphitheatre in Atlanta on July 13. TMZ 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.
“I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around,” McGraw said 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.”
Taylor hired a lawyer, Eric Hertz, in late July, who contacted the singer's team seeking an apology. Since Hertz is a personal injury attorney, rumors swirled that she would also seek a financial settlement from McGraw. But in a new statement to Country Weekly, a representative for McGraw says the issue has been settled.
“The matter between Tim McGraw and Jesslyn Taylor stemming from an Atlanta concert has been mutually resolved the old-fashioned way -- with a simple conversation," the brief statement reads.