While you might have heard Leona Lewis‘ BLOCKBUSTER hit “Bleeding Love” so many times last year that you wanted to punch yourself in the face until it stopped playing over and over again your brain, some guy in London just did you one better—he punched Leona Lewis herself in the face. The 24-year-old singer was at the book signing for her recently released autobiography, Dreams, at a bookstore in London’s Piccadilly area on Tuesday when the incident occurred.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailant quietly waited in line for five hours, before purchasing a copy of the book, and just after Lewis finished signing it, he struck her on the side of the head. She had been signing autographs for about 90 minutes. According to a fan in attendance, “It was horrendous. He waited for Leona to bow her head then just lashed out—a proper full-on punch on the side of her face. She let out a piercing scream and grabbed her temple. Security piled on this guy and Leona just started running.”

Police were called while the 29-year-old man (who police have only identified as “Peter”) was held by security. The long-haired foreigner (isn’t it always the long-haired foreigner types) was described by one fan as “a nutcase. He was like a bumpkin, well over [six feet] tall and with buckteeth. He really walloped Leona. She must have been in agony.” Another eyewitness said that immediately after the incident, “Security all jumped on him and they were trying to pull him out and he was just laughing. He thought it was funny.”

The bumpkin was questioned by police officers for over 30 minutes before being taken to a local precinct on suspicion of bodily harm and booked. Lewis was taken to a nearby hospital to get checked out, though she only sustained some bruising and was more so shaken up than anything else, though she did cancel a scheduled appearance the following day on BBC’s The One Show. Representatives for the singer said that she would be pressing charges.

It’s been a rough year for Lewis and her face, as she was head-butted in the face by a horse in April, forcing a postponement of the recording of her second album (which will be released later this year).

All joking aside, there are only a few things that really disturb me, and one of them is men who hit women. While I’m not even remotely fond of Leona Lewis’ music (at least which I’ve heard), I do have to say that this was really, really fucked up, and I hope the guy gets punched repeatedly in the face while in prison. Or kicked in the nutsack by a mule. Or both.

Maybe if Leona Lewis had written a song about how this guy’s mom likes to suck off truckers in gas station restrooms, or if Leona Lewis was an egomaniac who had a tendency to pull Kanye-esque stunts, this would have been a bit less appalling, but according to police, this was completely unprovoked, and Leona Lewis is reportedly very soft-spoken and humble about her fame. Buck-toothed bumpkins of the world, please take note, and redirect your aggression towards someone a bit more deserving of it, like Kanye West.


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