As previously reported, an arrest warrant was issued earlier this week for former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Allegations of assault against Hart from a concert goer at a recent performance led to the warrant, but the musician denies any and all involvement in a new statement.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a judge in Mercer County, Ky. issued the warrant for Hart when Cecil "CJ" Curtsinger signed a statement claiming that Hart "threw him down, cursed him, hit him, (and) pushed him" after the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival in Harrodsburg, Ky. on Sept. 7. The charge of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, carries a sentence of up to a year in jail. Curtsinger declined to comment other that to add, "I'm still trying to figure it out myself. It's kind of a sad situation."

In an statement issued via Twitter and Facebook, Hart said the following:

"I am totally baffled by a bizarre claim of assault by me coming out of Kentucky – the home of Bluegrass and a state I love dearly. Any accusation or claim of assault against me is completely false and without any basis whatsoever. I played drums on “Shakedown Street,” but I never expected to be “The Victim or the Crime.”

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