Brass Against: Police not pursuing investigation after singer urinates on fan’s face during performance

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Police have clarified that no report was filed concerning the recent on-stage urination incident during a performance by US band Brass Against.

Last week, the group’s singer, Sophia Urista, was filmed urinating on a fan’s face midway through a rendition of Rage Against the Machine’s “Wake Up” in Daytona, Florida.

Before inviting the man to lie down on the stage, Urista had told the crowd: “I gotta pee. And I can’t make it to the bathroom. So we might as well make a show out of it.”

The band apologised for the incident, writing on Twitter: “Sophia got carried away. That’s not something the rest of us expected, and it’s not something you’ll see again at our shows. Thanks for bringing it last night, Daytona.”

A report in local paper The Daytona Beach News Journal had claimed that a report was filed to law enforcement in the wake of the scandal.

Daytona Beach police spokesperson Messod Bendayan told the outlet that police received a message on the department’s Facebook account last Friday (12 November) regarding the incident.

After being instructed to file a formal report, the person in question did so, stated Bendayan.

However, Daytona police have subsequently clarified that “no incident report was created because we didn’t actually speak to the reporting party”.

“She spoke to a county dispatcher initially,” the spokesperson told the paper. “We tried calling her back twice and received no response. Beyond that, we’re not giving any further comment on this matter.”

Indecent exposure, defined as “[exposing one’s] sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner”, is a crime punishable by a fine of $1,000 (£743) or up to a year’s jailtime.

The Independent has contacted Brass Against’s representative for comment.

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