6:38am PT by Colin Stutz, Billboard
Luke Bryan Issues Statement After Hitting "Disruptive" Fan at Charity Concert
Luke Bryan's team has issued a statement after the country singer hit a "disruptive" heckler during his performance Wednesday night at the Charlie Daniels' all-star Volunteer Jam concert in Nashville.
"A man in [the] front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance," the statement reads. "It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support and celebrate Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for the military veterans — some of who were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw the man's disruptive actions of the event and he was escorted out."
Footage of the incident surfaced online showing Bryan performing his single "Move" when a man sitting in the front row begins flipping him off. Bryan then engaged with the audience member before stepping down to hit him — microphone in hand — and then return to the song to finish the chorus.
The concert and charity event Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam spans back to 1974 with a portion of proceeds going to benefit U.S. veterans via Daniels' Journey Home Project. This year celebrated Daniels' 80th birthday with performances by Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt, Kid Rock and 3 Doors Down, as well as Bryan. Daniels closed the event with his own set and a group jam.
Watch footage of the incident below.
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This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.