Queens Of The Stone Age photography backlash continues

Ellen Offredy says she has “no interest” in working with Queens Of The Stone Age after Josh Homme kicked her fellow photographer Chelsea Lauren

Last weekend, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was filmed kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren during the band’s set at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Los Angeles.

He’s since apologised for his actions, which resulted in Lauren spending time in hospital. But Homme’s behaviour has led music photographer Ellen Offredy to say that she has “no interest” in working with the band in the future.

Offredy, who has worked with a wide range of artists and publications, tells BBC Newsbeat: “No photographer should feel threatened by an artist. We’re there to help them. Nobody should have to go through that at work. It just shouldn’t happen.”

Offredy reports that Homme’s initial explanation for the incident, which suggested it was an accident, “wasn’t sincere” and adds: “But the video version shows he’s had time to reflect on his actions – he’s acknowledged he’s kicked a photographer and that is inexcusable.

“Hopefully from here he’ll change his behaviour at live shows to ensure nobody else is injured.”