Tim McGraw Speaks Out About Concert Slap, Extended Video Shows Fan Touched Singer Inappropriately
An incident between Tim McGraw and a woman in the crowd at a recent concert has had media and fans talking, but an extended video clip sheds new light on what happened.
During a July 13 appearance in Atlanta, Georgia, McGraw came out to play an encore, including a performance of his hit song 'Truck Yeah.' In the clip, the 47-year-old, who is sporting a pair of tight jeans, is seen walking down a thin part of the stage, shaking hands with several of his enthusiastic fans.
About halfway through the video, an overeager female fan dancing close to the stage appears, reaching her hand up. She slaps the star's behind several times before grabbing at his pants, ripping them and nearly knocking McGraw off the stage. The clip shows that the singer is visibly annoyed.
McGraw goes back to swat her hand away, seemingly exchanging a few choice words with the fan before continuing the song. A security guard almost immediately grabs the woman and escorts her away from the stage while she argues with him. McGraw stands on the stage watching as she is taken away, looking less than thrilled with what has happened.
In an interview with ET Canada after the fact, McGraw opened up about the incident:
"Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on. I think it was an unfortunate situation, I think all the way around. 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."
“He instinctively swatted to try and keep them from ripping his jeans (which they succeeded at doing!),” the singers rep explains, “and so he could get to more fans who were trying to slap hands with him before the end of the show. He didn’t know who had grabbed him and was simply trying to keep his jeans from being torn."
The first video to make rounds -- which originated at TMZ -- did not include footage of the fan slapping McGraw's behind.
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