Hip-hop musician allegedly punched teen

Last updated 17:04 06/03/2014
Home Brew hip-hop band

HOME BREW: Hip-hop musician Harry Huavi assaulted a fan at Auckland-based hip-hop group Home Brew's concert at Lincoln University in Christchurch.

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A performance by award-winning band Home Brew was shut down early after a member of the group jumped from the stage and allegedly punched a teenager in the face.

Another member of the renowned Auckland-based hip-hop group then gave a "shout-out" on the microphone to the first-year university student left bloodied on the dance-floor.

The alleged attack unfolded at a toga party at Lincoln University on the outskirts of Christchurch overnight.

Police were called just after midnight, about 12.10am.

A 17-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were allegedly assaulted. The man was taken to hospital by a fellow student with a cut over his eye.

A 31-year-old Auckland man has been charged with assault. He is scheduled to appear in the Manukau District Court next week, a police spokesman said.

Police have appealed for the 18-year-old woman, who allegedly copped an elbow to the face during the incident, to come forward. 

Home Brew performed alongside Dick Johnson, P-Money and PNC at the Tribal Toga party, one of the main events on the university's orientation calendar. 

Members of the band could not immediately be reached for comment.

Lincoln University Students' Association president Kahlia Fryer said Home Brew were the last act on stage at the event. The alleged assault forced organisers to stop the band's performance about half an hour early.

"We were worried their performance would affect the safety of students," she said. 

This morning, it emerged the band had also caused ''significant damage'' to a room at the Famous Grouse Hotel in Lincoln, where they were staying.

"We are really disappointed by the band in general,'' Fryer said. 

She said the university's student association worked hard to provide safe events for students.

"This is a disappointment after an otherwise successful week of events to celebrate the start of the academic year.''  

Sam McLeod, the alleged 17-year-old victim, said he received three stitches to repair a cut above his left eye caused by the punch.

The first-year university student from Whakatane said he was in the front row watching the group when one of the members jumped off the stage and handed a drink to someone a couple of rows back. The musician then looked at McLeod, allegedly punched him in the face and said: ''Keep your f***ing hands out of my pockets.'' 

He then returned to the stage and another member of the group told the crowd: ''Shout out to the guy who just got punched in the face.'' 

McLeod was taken back-stage by security with blood streaming from his face. Police were called and the gig was shut down.

''I'd heard about them but I'd never listened to their music. Obviously it's a bad look for the group. They are just a bunch of losers. Maybe someone did stick their hand in his pocket but it definitely wasn't me.''

In 2012, Home Brew won best urban/hip hop album at the New Zealand Music Awards for their self-titled release, which shot to number one on the country's charts.

In 2011, the group copped criticism from police for an online video that poked fun at drink-driving and offering people advice on evading arrest.

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