Adam Lambert performs in So. Fla.
Adam Lambert performed live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Sunday night. The show was completely sold out, and fans seemed unfazed by the recent controversy surrounding the glam rock star. "He's just amazing. I love him. I love his style, his music. He's totally awesome," said one fan, Carolina Henao.
"He's awesome. We've been watching him since American Idol, and we love him," said Katie Nichols, who attended Sunday's concert.
On Thursday, pictures were taken of Lambert wrestling with local paparazzi photographer Victor Eras on Miami Beach. In an interview with local radio station Y100, Lambert addressed the incident. "Honestly, I was on the beach. I gave them a bunch of pictures for, like, 45 minutes. I played along, you know, which is a part of the gig. You're a celebrity. You're supposed to be OK with all that, which I did, and then, they just kept coming and kept coming, and I'm like, 'I'm just trying to kick it,'" said Lambert.
According to the former Idol contestant, the paparazzi became too tough to handle, so he decided to leave the beach. "So as I was walking, I kind of said, 'Hey, thanks for ruining my afternoon, guys.' And that one guy, I kept walking, he was, like, in my way. He said something really rude that I'm not going to repeat. He tried to get a reaction out of me, and it worked," Lambert said. "And so I kind of, I don't know what happened. I kind of snapped, and I grabbed his backpack, and I kind of yanked him back. I just wanted to grab his camera and kind of yell at him for a minute and just take it away from him. I don't know what I was thinking. I wasn't thinking."
Paparazzi photographer Moises Naveira witnessed the incident. When asked if the photographers violated Lambert's privacy, Naveira said, "I don't think so. It's a job like any other job, right?"
On Thursday night, Eras filed a police report and informed Miami Beach Police that Lambert wrestled him to the ground. However, in the Y100 interview, Lambert said, "Six hours later, after, like, laughing in all the pictures and holding onto his camera, he went to the police station and said, 'This guy tried to beat me up, and he tried to get my camera out of my backpack,' which was in his hand, 'and he also wrestled me to the ground,' which never happened, so his story didn't really hold up."
The state attorney's office will decide if any charges will be filed against Lambert.
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