Tim McGraw apparently swatted at a fan who grabbed hold of his leg and wouldn’t let go, tearing his jeans at an Atlanta concert.
Although some initial reports came out that he slapped her, a McGraw spokesperson was quick to address the issue.
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“At the end of the night during the encore, Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn't let go as he was moving through the crowd," McGraw's rep told Us Weekly
. "He instinctively swatted to try to keep them from ripping his jeans (which they succeeded at doing!), and so he could get to more fans who could slap hands with him before the end of the show."
A video from one angle, posted by TMZ, seemed to support the story
, showing clearly that the fan ripped his jeans and also that McGraw swatted at her head.
TMZ said the Atlanta police department confirmed that McGraw is not in trouble for the incident, and said the woman has not filed a complaint.
There were two different views of the incident from separate videos: In one, it seems the woman may have been grabbing for his crotch, and in another it appears that she was trying to grab his jeans, TMZ noted.
“Take a close look at the video. It appears Tim reacts by making a movement that causes her to release his leg ... but then he takes a quick beat before hauling off and slapping her. So the slap looks gratuitous,” TMZ wrote.
Fans went online with different attitudes after watching the various videos online, many saying he had a right to protect himself but some thinking he overreacted and shouldn’t have hit the woman.
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