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Matisyahu Issues An Apology

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1:30PM ET December 23rd, 2011
Contributor : Erica Moore
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Matisyahu Issues An Apology

Reggae/hip hop star Matisyahu issued an apology for an altercation with a female photojournalist that took place at a Hannukah show in Williamsburg.

He apologized via Twitter, but also explained why things happened the way that they happened.

"@papermagazine @rebeccasmeyne sorry about last night.I totally snapped.I wouldn't call it a kick, more like stepping into the crowd.," he tweeted December 22nd. "@papermagazine @rebeccasmeyne and being that you've shot so many shows you should know how distracting a huge flash in your face is."

"@papermagazine @rebeccasmeyne seemed like you were there everywhere I turned with that flash," he continued. "Next time be more sensitive to the performer."

He also issued a more 'formal' statement regarding the incident:

"I regret what transpired when I tried to remove the camera from the photographer's hands last night. As an artist on stage, it is very distracting and disorienting to have a camera flashing in your face for an extended period of time. I reacted impulsively out of frustration and for that I apologize."

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