Faker lead singer victim of a homophobic attack in Tassie?


Nathan Hudson has posted comment on Faker’s Facebook page to address the discrepancies between his version of events and the version offered by the hotel manager.

There are a number of discrepancies between my claim and the story offered on the website of the Hotel New York. This is not entirely unexpected, but I do have some aversion to making this event, which was quite painful to me, into a public dissection.

On this occasion I will manage to cope with having been assaulted, it’s happened to me before, on other occasions, in different circumstances. What I do have real trouble with, is the possibility that the fight against homophobia could be tempered by the reporting of an incident which may appear to be less substantial due to the involvement of alcohol. For this reason I’m choosing to bow out of further public comment on this incident. Thank you to all of the people who have sent through or given their support. Nathan

Faker lead singer Nathan Hudson claims he was the victim of a homophobic attack at a Tasmanian live music venue following the band’s concert there on Saturday night – but now the venue’s management has detailed a very different version of what happened.

After nearly two years out of the spotlight, the comeback trail was meant to be a glorious one for Faker, but Hudson says he was left wounded after the band performed a headlining show at the Hotel New York in Launceston.

On Sunday, Hudson tweeted that “My recollection of last night is that I got beat up by the manager” of the venue. “It felt homophobic and it felt backward,” he added. Less than an hour later, Hudson confirmed that his comment was “authentic… I’m kind of sore (bruise on my left cheekbone) so I’m gonna be quiet while I try and figure out what happened”.

Hudson has not posted anything further on Twitter since, but the singer has since recalled his story to the Sydney Star Observer, in which he recalls a link with the violence to his sexual orientation. “We signed a tour poster for the venue and I made a reference about celebrating equal marriage rights in New York, given the hotel name, which the manager was visibly unimpressed about,” Hudson told SSO yesterday.

Hudson claimed he was later taken out of the venue by a man who “king-hit” Hudson, saying to him that “you’ve been shitting me all night… It was plainly aggressive, but felt connected to a candidness about sexuality. As someone who has grown up being called ‘fag’ before I even knew what it meant, I’m hesitant to draw a parallel between aggression and homophobia, but that’s what I felt this to be”.

Reacting to the story this afternoon, the Hotel New York has posted a statement on its website denying that Hudson was the victim of a homophobic attack.

“We were very shocked to hear this statement from Mr Hudson as his recollection of events is somewhat different to what happened and what is recorded on our surveillance,” says the venue’s managing director James Harding.

“After Mr Hudson performed he disappeared from the venue for numerous hours and when he returned at 3:30am he showed signs of being extremely intoxicated. He was refused entry to the nightclub but told he could retire to his room on the premises. Mr Hudson initially agreed but then insisted on going back into the club. He was then escorted back out to the front of the premises where he was monitored by our crowd controllers.”

Under Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming legislation, it would have been an offence to allow Mr Hudson into a licensed area whilst showing signs of intoxication, points out Harding.

“After being picked up by car, Mr Hudson left again and when he returned at 5:50am he appeared to be even more intoxicated and insisted on being served even though the venue was closed,” he adds. “After getting into a verbal argument with the venue’s manager they pushed each other and Nathan fell over. Nathan was then helped back up and assisted by other staff members to his room. Earlier that night the venue’s manager had bought Mr Hudson and the rest of Faker dinner at our restaurant close by. At no stage of Mr Hudson’s time at Hotel New York was there mention of his sexuality.

“As the owner of a number of establishments that employees over 60 people, I hope you can appreciate our staff are from varied walks of life, and of differing sexual orientation. We pride ourselves on creating a culture amongst our staff that would not discriminate or hold prejudices against anyone.”

Harding concludes: “We are disappointed that Mr Hudson feels a homophobic attack took place as it clearly didn’t and we are currently in contact with Mr Hudson’s management to rectify this situation.”