Platinum-selling electronic musician Moby was attacked early Thursday morning outside a Boston-area music venue following a radio station-sponsored holiday concert — during which the self-described pacifist spoke out against aggression and violence, the Boston Globe reports.
Writing on his Web site, Moby (real name: Richard Melville Hall), 37, said he was ambushed when he stopped to sign autographs outside the Paradise Club, where he had just given a concert.
“After being punched in the head from behind a few times, I turned around to see what was going on, and one of them punched me in the face a couple of times and then they all ran away,” Moby said.
As police and witnesses tell the Globe, Moby was approached at around 1 a.m. by two men in their early 20s. “One of the men, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, punched Moby in the back of the head and on the right side of his face, breaking the singer’s glasses and cutting and bruising his face,” the Globe reports.
“When two security guards from the Paradise attempted to stop the attack, the assailants sprayed Moby, Moby’s manager, and the two security guards with a mace-like substance.”
The two suspects then fled on foot.
“I’m very curious as to why three men would coordinate an attack on me. You know, three against one? And the ‘one’ in question is me, hardly the most physically threatening person in the world.”
As the Globe points out, Moby in recent months has faced threats and insults from Eminem.
A publicist at Eminem’s record company told the Globe on Thursday that it would be “ridiculous” to assume that the attack might have been prompted by their rivalry.