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Phish Bassist Beat By Hells Angels Over 9-Year-Old Girl Incident.  


08-21-03 Keavin
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Following up on a story from Wednesday’s Day In Rock report (see story), where we reported that Phish bassist Mike Gordon was arrested on child endangerment charges after being found with a nine-year-old girl in a secluded boathouse during a concert by the Dead in Jones Beach, New York.. 

Gordon was also charged with trespassing. He reportedly told police that he was taking “art pictures” of the girl. The girl was reportedly uninjured. 

Some were quick to jump to Gordon’s defense, challenging assumptions that his actions had a sinister angle to them. It was learned that the girl was the daughter of a Hells Angel, and some used the fact that Gordon was reportedly unharmed by members of the notorious motorcycle gang in his defense. However, we now find out that he did indeed have a nasty run in with members of the gang after they found him with the little girl. 

The New York Post reports members of the Hells Angels "beat Gordon up and held him until police arrived."

Those that know the bassist say that it was all a misunderstanding, that Gordon didn’t act with ill intentions. Andy Hurwitz of Ropeadope Records told the post, "If you knew Mike at all, you'd know he doesn't live on planet Earth. He's been making movies since he was a kid, and he's always taking photographs. He's an artist. The whole thing is a misunderstanding."

According to the Associated Press, “Marcia Horowitz, a spokeswoman for the band, issued what she described as a joint statement from Gordon and the girl's family. The statement called the incident ‘an unfortunate misunderstanding, and we look forward to putting this matter behind us.’"

Gordon will be able to explain the misunderstanding to the court. He was been ordered to appear at First District Court in Hempstead, Long Island, on September 29th. 

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