Morrissey has spoken out to explain why he cut short the final gig on his recent North American tour, alleging fans who tried to shake his hand were "unashamedly assaulted" and "choked to death" by the venue's security staff.
The former The Smiths frontman walked offstage midway through an encore in Royal Oak, Michigan on Sunday night (18Dec11), the final gig on his 22-date trek.
Now he has told fans he abandoned the show as he was disgusted at the behaviour of some security staff, and he's urged them to complain to venue bosses about the incident.
In a statement, the singer writes, "I stopped the show at the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan in consideration of the audience - who were being unashamedly assaulted by the in-house security. It is difficult to watch this happen, especially when our friends... are being forcibly choked to death simply for being there.
"If such attacks happened at the opera or in a night-club, the victims would rightfully sue. Strangely, in-house security sense that they have freedom to manhandle patrons of 'rock' shows. I wonder why? You all know how to contact the Royal Oak Theater."