According to New York Natives, charges against New York hardcore veteran Harley Flanagan in connection with an alleged assault of several members of the new CRO-MAGS lineup have been dismissed.
Flanagan, who founded the legendary hardcore band the CRO-MAGS at the age of 14 and toured with the band for some twenty years, was arrested in New York City on July 6 on charges of attacking several musicians fromf the current version of the CRO-MAGS during the CBGB Festival. Flanagan, who had been a panelist at one of the event’s seminars, allegedly attempted to attend the concert of his former band. Neither Harley Flanagan nor Parris Mayhew, the two founding members of the band, is still in the CRO-MAGS.
Over the past five months, Flanagan has appeared before the court in New York City on three separate occasions facing four second degree felony assault charges and weapons possession, each resulting in an adjournment.
In a New York Natives exclusive video interview, which can be seen below, Flanagan appeared happy to get back to his life, clearly, yet humbly confident that things would turn out as they have.
Said Flanagan: “I’m very glad to have all this behind me … It wasn’t until I was in the hospital that I realized that I was the one getting charged with attacking them, which was a surprise to me. I thought we were all going to get charged with having a fight or whatever. I didn’t see how it could make sense that one person could attack a room full of people. It didn’t make sense then and it makes no sense now, ’cause it just didn’t happen, and that’s basically why I’m getting off today is because they had a lot people making statements then saying that I did this and I did that, but it all started falling apart because they were all giving conflicting statements.”