In July 2012, New York's multi-venue CBGB's Festival was tainted by an incident involving former Cro-Mags founding bassist Harley Flanagan. An altercation occurred between Flanagan and current Cro-Mags members where the bassist apparently pulled out a hunting knife and slashed multiple people. Flanagan maintained that his actions were in self-defense, leading to an eventual dismissal of his assault case. Now, Flanagan, the Webster Hall venue and the festival's promoters are now being sued for damages and failing to provide adequate security.
Assault and weapons charges against Cro-Mags founder and former bassist Harley Flanagan have been dismissed, reports the website New York Natives. The charges resulted from a melee that took place at the CBGBs Festival back in July, with Flanagan and members of the band's current lineup coming to blows and a knife fight factoring into the legalities.
As you may have already read, on July 6, former Cro-Mags bassist and founding member Harley Flanagan reportedly attacked current Cro-Mags bassist Michael Couls and William Berario in the backstage area of New York City's Webster Hall. The incident has resulted in a wave of press with most outlets reporting that it was Flanagan who began the unprovoked attack. However, Flanagan tells a different story.
Cro-Mags founding member and former bassist Harley Flanagan was recently involved in an attack where he reportedly stabbed current Cro-Mags bassist Michael Couls, as well as William Berario, whom he's also accused of biting. Although conflicting with statements regarding the incident, Harley Flanagan has claimed that he was acting in self-defense.
On July 6, Cro-Mags founder and former bassist Harley Flanagan was arrested after allegedly assaulting current Cro-Mags bassist Michael Couls and additional victim William Berario at New York's CBGB Festival. Flanagan apparently went after the band with a knife, also biting Berario's cheek. Three days after the incident, Cro-Mags have released an official statement regarding the attack.
Harley Flanagan, a founder and former bassist of the influential hardcore punk/metal act Cro-Mags, was arrested last night (July 6) for allegedly stabbing and biting two current members of the band. The chaotic scene took place at New York City's Webster Hall, where Cro-Mags were slated to play a gig along with Sick of It All as part of the CBGB Festival.