Tim McGraw: Fan Altercation in Atlanta Was "an Unfortunate Situation"

Celebrity News Jul. 22, 2014 AT 6:00PM
Tim McGraw Tim McGraw spoke out on his incident with a fan Credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Sometimes Tim McGraw has to lay down the law. 

Earlier this week, video surfaced showing the country crooner, 47, getting into an altercation with a grabby fan who reportedly would not let go of his leg during McGraw's concert at Aaron's Amphitheater in Atlanta on Sunday, July 13. 

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In a video obtained by TMZ, which made the rounds on Monday, July 14, McGraw appears to slap or swat at a fan who will not let go of him. 

"Sometimes things can lose context and perspective," he said in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada. "I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on."

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"I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around," McGraw continued. "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."

At the end of the footage from the concert, the fan in question can be seen scuffling with security. 

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"You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react," the singer added. "There's nothing to be said about it."

After the story broke, a representative for McGraw told Us Weekly that he did not slap the audience member, but rather "swatted" at her.

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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," the rep told Us. "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."

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