Rick Allen is better and ready to talk.
Only a few months after being attacked following a concert in Fort Lauderdale in March, Def Leppard's legendary drummer Rick Allen is speaking out about his healing process.
The 59-year-old drummer gave an exclusive interview to "Good Morning America" to discuss the attack, in which he claimed to have been "totally blindsided."
“I heard a couple of steps and then I just saw this [flash] and the next thing I knew was I was on the ground,” said Allen. “I landed on my backside… hit my head on the pavement.”
As a result of his fear of being attacked once more, Allen, who lost his left arm in a car accident in 1984, raised his hand in the air and declared, "I am no threat to you."
"I don't think he knew who I was, but he must have seen that I wasn't a threat because, you know, I've only got one arm," said Allen, a member of Def Leppard, one of the best-selling bands in history with more than 100 million records sold worldwide.
According to reports, a woman arrived to assist Allen, but the suspect allegedly also attacked the woman. However, the police report indicated that it didn't seem like the woman had any significant wounds.
Near the scene of the attack at the Four Seasons in Fort Lauderdale on March 13, Ohio native Max Hartley, 19, was detained by Fort Lauderdale police.
Hartley was charged with two counts of battery and four counts of criminal mischief. He is accused of attacking the drummer and the woman who tried to stop the attack. To each charge, he has entered a not-guilty plea.