Tim McGraw Fan Wants Apology, Hires Lawyer in Slapping Incident
The incident happened in Atlanta on 7-13 at Aaron’s Ampitheatre at Lakewood, and was captured by numerous camera phones. Clearly seen in the video, a woman in the crowd reaches out to touch Tim multiple times before grabbing Tim’s jeans near his left pocket and causing a large rip. When the video surfaced, it outraged for some to see Tim slap the woman so aggressively, while others said he was justified after the fan touched him numerous times, and eventually ripped his jeans right before the slap. A spokesperson for McGraw said about the incident, ““He instinctively swatted to try and keep them from ripping his jeans (which they succeeded at doing), and so he could get to more fans who were trying to slap hands with him before the end of the show. He didn’t know who had grabbed him and was trying to keep his pants from being torn.” Tim was singing his song “Truck Yeah” as an encore performance at the time.
Tim McGraw did not personally respond to the incident until eight days later when he told ET Canada:
Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on. I think it was an unfortunate situation, I think all the way around. But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on. It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.
Jesslyn Taylor was removed from the crowd by security immediately after the incident happened and detained at the venue. Eventually she was let go. Atlanta police have said no charges will be filed in the incident but Jesslyn could still file a civil suit.
July 27, 2014 @ 8:48 am
I’m on McGraw’s side on this one. In today’s society, I’d be leery of any fans grabbing me.
The woman and the lawyer see potential dollar signs. McGraw could countersue but I doubt he’ll need to. This will likely get as far as the baseball fan trying to sue because he was shown on the screen and broadcast sleeping while the announcers laughed at him.
July 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am
Agreed. It’s not like she was innocently holding her hand up and touching his leg. She was clearly grabbing for a more…personal…area. That’s when Tim slapped at her after she ripped his jeans trying to get at his…well, you know.
He has nothing to apologize for, in my opinion.
July 27, 2014 @ 11:13 am
Oh puleeeeze… Tim had no problem with a woman slapping his ass at least 4 times, as I count it, two seconds before the beatdown happened (clearly seen in the bottom video while he’s walking the platform). So don’t pass this off like he doesn’t know what he’s walking into! I would argue he *wants* this type of attention. There’s no reason to venture that closely into the crowd unless you do. He wants legions of women screaming, grabbing him and slapping his ass. It’s instant gratification for his delicate ego.
I don’t think the chick was intentionally grabbing for his sack. I think she was just trying to make contact with him and when she did, decided to hold on to him. It’s no different than the thousands of times chicks held onto Garth’s ankle/s and wouldn’t let him go. Garth laughed it off. Tim chose to be a bitch. As long as security is doing their job and nobody rushes the stage to assault him, it’s all in good fun. And I’m sorry, if you’re worried about your jeans getting ripped, Tim, don’t wear old-assed, super-thin, ALREADY RIPPED jeans into a throng of adoring women.
This is all so stupid.
July 27, 2014 @ 11:49 am
He always walks away and I’ve seen him stay away from an entire section for the evening if someone is inappropriately trying to touch or rushing the stage and causing people to get crushed. His time in the crowd slapping hands is minutes and infrequent. What he did that night, he hasn’t done at the other shows. You can try to make him out to be a whore based on his image, his music, whatever. But it’s not the way he operates at his shows.
July 27, 2014 @ 11:17 am
In today”™s society, I”™d be leery of any fans grabbing me.
Yup. You just can’t let people do that sort of thing, especially after what happened to Dimebag Darrell.
July 27, 2014 @ 9:24 am
dudes got three daughters and he’s slappin women at his shows because she ripped his damn jeans…unacceptable. she needs to be pressing charges too.
August 2, 2014 @ 7:01 pm
That’s bull! I don’t care who you are, no one should be grabbing you to the point you are ripping clothes off that person! And now for that fan to get an attorney! This is what’s wrong with society!!!!
July 27, 2014 @ 10:01 am
Those jeans were ripped when he bought them 🙂
July 27, 2014 @ 10:21 am
Is this what happens when a performer makes himself the product, rather than making his music the product? That is putting more focus on his image and brand than the quality of the music. Opening himself up to being idolized and worshipped? Just throwing out thoughts on this.
That aside, I think he stepped over the line. She definitely isn’t innocent here though either and I don’t want to put too much fault on Tim. If he would have just swatted her arm away, there would be no blame on Tim I think. Why go for her head? Stupid reaction, but I think we have all done stupid things in quick reaction.
No grounds for a lawsuit though. She wasn’t physically injured, and her embarrassment (emotional injury) is completely her fault.
July 27, 2014 @ 10:35 am
TMZ will have an interview with her tomorrow. They pay for that stuff.
July 27, 2014 @ 11:41 am
I can’t stand when people do this type of stuff. She showed exactly what kind of person she is, hiring a lawyer for an incident she was just as responsible for.
July 28, 2014 @ 7:17 am
I’m with you. Is the woman hurt or injured? If TM was to stoop to her level he could sue her for a $300 pair of jeans. This is the kind of thing that makes a mockery of the criminal justice system.
Also, I don’t blame him for acting that way. In a crowd that size he had no way of knowing who was grabbing him and for what reason. Sure, girls grab at him all the time, but she literally ripped his jeans, and he could have fallen into the crowd to be molested by sex starved soccer moms had she not let go.
July 27, 2014 @ 1:48 pm
I’m going on Tim McGraw’s side on this one
my side to support Tim McGraw:
The dumb ass b—h (Jesslyn Taylor) was drunk as hell
The dumb drunk ass b—h (Jesslyn Taylor) clearly kept grabbing his pants for no reason
The Atlanta Police department told Tim that has no charges being pressed on
Tim also explained why he did it
Finally 2 weeks later The drunk dumb ass b—h (Jesslyn Taylor) decides to file a lawsuit if he don’t apologize
Tim McGraw has nothing to apologize for but, The drunk dumb ass b—h (Jesslyn Taylor) has to apologize to him about grabbing him
so in possible words I can say this:
JESSLYN TAYLOR YOU’RE NOTHING BUT A DUMB DRUNK ASS P***Y, S**T, C**K GRABBING, MOTHER[BLEEP]ING WHITE TRASH WH*E IN THE TOWN OF ATLANTA GEORGIA AND CERTAINLY YOU’RE NOT A TIM MCGRAW FAN
There I think I made my point about Jesslyn Taylor being a rude Mother[BLEEP]ing b—h 🙂
July 28, 2014 @ 1:59 pm
I just watched the video. I would say Tim was in the right when he slapped her hand away. However he crossed the line when after he slapped the hand away, he made it a point to reach out and slap her. The instinctive part, slapping the hand away, makes sense. It is the choice he made afterward where he becomes at fault.
July 27, 2014 @ 7:23 pm
I don’t blame her he has no right to slap someone either way an he should have apologized.
July 28, 2014 @ 7:58 am
What is with people thinking you have “no right” to slap someone??? Sure as hell you do. Does that make it morally correct/acceptable? Or legal? Maybe/maybe not, but you sure as hell have the right/freewill to slap anyone.
People talk about this as if it was something that happened while Taylor and McGraw just crossed paths in some shopping mall. The guy was on stage performing and she crossed the line of fan behavior. Just because guys grab women all the time inappropriately, or others were grabbing him… whatever stupie excuse you make for her actions… she crossed the line and there is a consequence for that.
Now, yes, there is a consequence for McGraw’s reaction, but “rights’ don’t have a damn thing to do with this.
July 27, 2014 @ 8:53 pm
Have to love the legal system sometimes, lady acts completely inappropriately and is now trying to cash in.
I felt some sympathy for her, but now that she is seeking attention and getting an attorney I feel none. Take your public embarrassment, learn your lesson and start to act like an adult and let it blow over. Instead she is trying to cash in…screw her.
July 28, 2014 @ 8:01 am
Don’t lose faith in the legal system Mike. Getting a lawyer is not the legal system. They are not in the legal system yet, and I highly doubt they will be. Of course if a suit is filed, it is just window dressing. The legal system will work if she tries to sue. No jury will ever award her anything significant. Her lawyer is looking for a couple grand on this and will get it through a nuisance value settlement. None of that has anything to do with our legal system.
July 27, 2014 @ 11:03 pm
I was waiting for his to happen and quite frankly I’m surprised it took this long. How much does everyone want to bet that this one gets settled out of court?
July 28, 2014 @ 7:35 am
I have a better idea to make this all go away and raise money for charity.
Why doesn’t Tim agree to climb into the ring or octagon and fight someone in his age and weight class, with the proceeds going to a charity of this gal’s choosing.
And she can do the same with some other cracker chick.
July 28, 2014 @ 7:53 am
She needs to take responsibility for what she did…say sorry to McGraw rather than lawyer up, and then maybe she will get an apology back from him. You don’t need a lawyer for apologies.
I bet anyone the lawyer sends her to a chiropractor for the standard two months of “medical” treatment for a “whiplash” injury, the chiro. racks up bills of $10K, and they eventually settle this for $15K. Lawyer gets $5K, Chiro. reduces fees to $5K, Taylor gets $5K.
That is how the game works folks. This will never see a lawsuit or courtroom.
July 28, 2014 @ 10:27 am
I really hope she’s told to pound salt, but she’ll probably end up getting some money out of this. Piece of trash.
July 28, 2014 @ 11:45 am
I all honesty she was probably just checking to see indeed that Tim had a vagina, and once that was confirmed Miss Mcgraw was upset and the rest is history.
July 28, 2014 @ 6:44 pm
Yep. I took McGraw’s side from Day 1.
Women can be cagey, sneaky and manipulative.
She owes him an apology. I hope he sues her right back. She deserves it.
July 28, 2014 @ 6:52 pm
You know what?
He’ll end up settling out of court and have to pay this gal a sum of money. He’ll do that to save face and it’s disgusting that she’ll walk off a settlement.
He’ll hire some proactive bodyguards or quit pressing the flesh.
July 29, 2014 @ 3:38 pm
I don’t know why some Tim McGraw’s fans are condoning his behavior or siding with him on this. I live in Nashville, TN and I see the country music stars ALL OVER the place b/c they live here. Trust me, they are… at the end of the day …just people… who grocery shop, go out to eat at local restaurants, drive their kids to school,etc….they just happen to have a talent that affords them to entertain people and make a lot of money doing it…but I say money or fame or not… a man …NO MAN…should hit a woman. He could have easily had her restrained or removed. I have a hard time seeing how a 200 pound 6 foot or so man could justify smacking a woman in the face because she grabbed his jeans at a show : o I went to tons of concerts in the 80’s when huge bands were playing..very rowdy shows…where the singers and band members had women grabbing them all over the place…I never saw a band member or singer smack a chick in the face. EVER. Country music has been sucking lately with all it’s pop studio creation songs and this brings it to a new low : ( Think I will break out my traditional country music CD’s and change the channel when Tim McGraw’s songs are played. Bad choice on his part (and yes he did have choices here) I hope he gets the help he needs if I were Faith I’d get the heck out of that relationship and be running for the “hills”…no pun intended.
July 30, 2014 @ 10:43 am
I wouldn’t play the size card. He has a very slight build – I’d say 165 lbs, maybe 170, max. She looks to have about 40 lbs., maybe more, on him. Lean and strong yes, but her hands on his jeans almost at waist and pulling down was not cool. If, as she says, her finger “got stuck” in a small hole at his front pocket, I would ask, “and how did your finger get there?”
Your right not to agree with his reaction, but to say he’s “just people” but excuse someone fondling his ass and grabbing hard enough to almost topple is pure bull shit. No one, any where, any time, any fucking decade you think relevant should be expected to put up with groping. Double standard b.s. We have to stop excusing women who behave this way just because…
July 30, 2014 @ 10:57 am
You are making some assumptions here and looking at this with hindsight.
1. A performer on stage or athlete on a field has no clue what some fan coming at them has in mind. In fact, they don’t even know if the person coming at them is a female or male. The person grabbing/cheering them, etc… if that is all just a cover to do something sinister.
Do we need to recount events where performers and athletes were injured by crazed fans?
2. Tim is clearly not proud of the event, and just because you support his reaction doesn’t mean you support hitting or violence against women. This wasn’t a situation where a fan crossed his path in a grocery store and said hello and tried to hug him and he belted her.
3. Yea, why doesn’t his wife pick up the family they built together over that last 15yrs. and take off because some random fan crossed the line and her husband reacted to protect himself from any number of unknowns.
I would say that everyone that is criticizing him are folks that have never been in the situation and have the benefit of looking at it well after and thinking about it. I prefer to give him a little credit based on his history, that he didn’t enjoy hitting her and doesn’t plan on beating his wife.
July 30, 2014 @ 11:11 am
I’m satisfied that it was a natural reaction. No need to ever-think it.
July 31, 2014 @ 4:52 pm
In one sense, the woman was assaulting/provoking Tim McGraw and technically engaging in sexual harrassment (if this had happened to a female singer everyone would be on her side for smacking the guy for such aggressive, inappropriate physical contact and the guy would probably have been prosecuted). In addition, you can see in the video that he almost fell because she was pulling on his jeans which could have caused him or other fans harm.
On the other hand, I do think it may have been a bit aggressive to smack someone in the head or face… but my judgement on this one goes to the Tim McGraw as he was put in a position where he obviously felt he had to deflect/defend his dignity, safety and the safety of his fans. This woman should be ashamed of herself and it should be her to offer a public apology.
July 31, 2014 @ 4:58 pm
BTW: I’m a woman and even I am sick to death of this double standard crap. Women… don’t do to men what you don’t want them doing to you. And while I’m at it, stop complaining about the toilet seat being down as well. The men have to lift the seat, why should women complain about putting it down?!!!! If you want equality then accept equal treatment.
August 7, 2014 @ 4:25 pm