Mike Ness, 56, is the singer of the punk rock band, Social Distortion.
A supporter of President Trump claims that Mike Ness, the lead singer of the rock band Social Distortion, spat on him and repeatedly struck him in the head, after he protested Ness, the criticism of the president during a concert.
The confrontation would have occurred July 17 at a show in Sacramento, Calif., when has Tim Hildebrand, 30, raised his middle finger to convey his disagreement with Ness.
The 56-year-old singer was “badmouthing President Trump and America,” Hildebrand told CBS 13 Sacramento.
“I pretty much said, ‘I’ve paid for your music, not politics,'” Hildebrand told the station. “I was pretty much with my silent protest with my middle finger up for the next two songs.”
“I pretty much said, ‘I’ve paid for your music, not the politics.’ I was pretty much with my silent protest with my middle finger up for the next two songs.”
– Tim Hildebrand, a supporter of President Trump
But Ness didn’t seem to take kindly to Hildebrand’s non-verbal expression. Cell phone video appears to show the singer moving in the direction of a fan in the audience, for the removal of his guitar and jumping off the stage. He throws repeatedly punches for a brief moment, until the camera is turned off.
Hildebrand, a Republican, said He took “his guitar, jumping off stage and proceeds to punch me several times in the head.”
He told the station that the singer spat in his face and that of the two previously Ness attacked him, resulting in two black eyes, a busted lip and a concussion.
“I was not able to defend myself because the people in the crowd held me back,” he said.
Security dragged Hildebrand out of the place, where he met with the officers and filed a police report to the station.
Sacramento police said they were investigating the incident, the station reported.
Hildebrand told the New York Times that he is not the only fan to express displeasure with Ness’ political statements during the concert, like the others, ran out and shouted expletives in the direction of the stage.
“If you can say what you think, but you can’t have a response or refutation,” he told the newspaper, “it shows a lot about your character.”
Social Distortion not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.