After TMZ initially broke the story, the San Francisco Chronicle has reported more details of the assault ex-Hydra Project drummer Mickey Hart allegedly perpetrated on September 7th at the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival. Turns out the alleged victim was Cecil “CJ” Curtsinger who runs a company called CJ Star Buses that according to Curtsinger rented the Mickey Hart Band a bus for their summer tour.
Here’s the basis of Curtsinger’s assault allegations…
Curtsinger, 57, said he had been ushered to the back of the bus by Hart’s manager before Hart threw him down, cursed him, hit him, pushed him and finally “told me to get off my bus.”
Curtsinger represents himself as a Deadhead and told the Chronicle that he once drove a tour bus for Bob Weir. The article goes on to say that Curtsinger signed a complaint the day after the alleged attack leading a Mercer County Kentucky judge to issue a warrant for Hart’s arrest. Surprisingly, Pete Cashel, the owner of the farm where the incident was alleged to have taken place, told the Jessamine Journal he wasn’t even aware the incident took place…
Pete Cashel, owner of Terrapin Hill Farm, said Thursday the incident did not disrupt the annual musical festival and that neither festival patrons nor staff was involved or even aware the incident took place.
“Nobody said anything,” Cashel said. “It was a wonderful weekend.”
Hart issued a brief statement yesterday denying the allegations.