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ATN : Mexican President’s Son’s Bodyguard Pistol-Whips U2 Security

samedi 6 décembre 1997

Source : ATN

From Addicted To Noise :

Mexican President’s Son’s Bodyguard Pistol-Whips U2 Security

U2 bassist Adam Clayton’s security guard has gun drawn on him and skull"cracked" at concert.

Addicted To Noise Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports

A member of U2’s personal security detail was assaulted Tuesday night by amember of the Mexican presidential guard during the first of the band’s two MexicoCity shows. Jerry Meltzer, bassist Adam Clayton’s security guard, wasknocked-down and pistol-whipped into unconsciousness by a bodyguard in theentourage of Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo’s teenage son, Emiliano, accordingto a source who works with the band.

"This person [Emiliano Zedillo] was trying to get into a restricted backstage areathat was unsafe," said the source. "It was near a video crane and the productionarea that had wires running through it and no one who wasn’t on the crew wassupposed to be there. He was stopped by a couple of production people/cameramen.The two guys who stopped him were roughed-up by one of the bodyguards."

Meltzer, seeing the scuffle, ran over to help, had a gun drawn on him and wasthen "cracked over the skull," according to the source, which resulted in Meltzer’sbeing knocked unconscious and rushed to a local hospital to receive five stitches.

A statement released Wednesday by the band said that U2 manager, PaulMcGuinness, had met with Mexico City district attorney, Lorenzo Thomas,Wednesday morning. In this meeting, Thomas "informed him that investigationsinto this unfortunate incident would be held and the appropriate sanctions made."

Thomas could not be reached for comment by press time on Friday.

U2 played two shows at the Foro Sol stadium to approximately 50,000 people anight. Wednesday night’s show was broadcast live on MTV (which aired thefirst 45 minutes) and Showtime (which presented the concert in its entirety).Meltzer left the tour and returned home the following day.

President Zedillo’s spokesman, Fernando Lerdo, gave a different version of eventsaccording to a report in Friday’s New York Post. Lerdo was quoted as saying theconfrontation was a result of a mix-up. "The venue’s security told Emiliano’s teamthey could use a special exit after the show," Lerdo told the Post. "However,they didn’t coordinate it with the band’s security. When they tried to leave, theywere roughly stopped by the band’s men."

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