Teen Charged With Rape At Keith Urban's Massachusetts Concert
A Boston teen allegedly raped an 17 year-old girl at the Australian singer's recent concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
It seems Keith Urban's recent alcohol-fuelled concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts, was far worse than first thought. At the sold-out show, which finished with many fans receiving medical treatment after consuming too much alcohol, a teen concertgoer raped a 17 year-old girl.
Many of Urban's fans were treated for alcohol related issues after the show
Police have arrested the alleged rapist, 18 year-old Sean Murphy, after reportedly sexually assaulting the young female, which was apparently watched and even recorded by many bystanders.
Fans saw Murphy kissing the female near a concession stand during Urban's 'Raise 'Em Up' show in the packed-out Xfinity Center, he then took her away to a lawn area, the Sun Chronicle reports. Astonishingly, several people began taking photos and videos of the assault before a woman intervened and pulled Murphy off her.
Murphy then got up and fled further into the lawn, but he was arrested only a short time later after police sealed all exits of the outdoor amphitheatre, and have since charged him with rape. However, the defendant pleaded innocent in Attleboro District Court to one count of rape after his attorney said the sex was consensual.
"This was a private act that regrettably occurred in a public place," Murphy's attorney, Neil P. Crowley, told the Boston Globe. "Mr. Murphy deeply regrets this incident and I'm sure the young woman does as well."
Police believe Murphy and the 17 year-old victim had consumed copious amounts of alcohol at the concert, just like the 40 fans that were allegedly treatment by medical staff after becoming ill from mostly alcohol-related reasons, and a further 22 individuals were hospitalized in the town's local medical centre, which is around 25 miles south of Boston.
The number of people suffering from the effects of alcohol became so high, ambulances from five different nearby communities were called to the concert and local authorities took more than 50 people into protective custody.