Harley Flanagan on Cro-Mags Incident: ‘What I Did Was Defend My Life’

by | Jul 13, 2012

Former Cro-Mags bassist and founder Harley Flanagan opened up about the now-infamous CBGB Festival show in New York City last week where he allegedly stabbed current members of the band.

Speaking to New York Natives, Flanagan said he was invited to the Webster Hall gig with a VIP pass and was jumped in the dressing room.

“When I saw that door get pulled shut I was literally fighting for my life. I was afraid these guys were going to kick me half to death, roll me down the back steps and that no one would see it… and there would be no witnesses and that would be that….and all I could think about was getting home safe to my kids…I wanted to save my life, to protect myself and these guys were trying to do me in.”

“I was getting the shit beat out of me. It was like an old fashion biker beat down,  like BA BABABABABA BA And at that point everybody started screaming and I saw the door of the dressing room open and I started screaming security, security and I saw somebody pull the door shut to keep security out. And in my mind I thought to myself, ‘fuck, these dudes, their intention is to fuck me up, they don’t want no one to see it they’re trying to beat the shit out of me…’ SO what I did was defend my life…”

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