A singer urinated in public at a concert in Florida. Will criminal charges be brought against you?

Sophia Urista on

Sophia Urista on “The Voice” in 2016.


Read this article in English in the Miami Herald.

As the saying goes: When you have to go to the bathroom, you have to go. But can an artist be allowed to urinate on stage during a concert?

That’s what happened Thursday night during a live performance at the Welcome to Rockville Festival at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach.

Sophia Urista, the lead singer of the group Brass Against, performed a cover of Wake Up, from the band, Rage Against the Machine, when he announced that he had to urinate and called a fan on stage.

“I’m going to pee in this motherfucker’s mouth —” Urista told the audience. “I have to urinate, and I can’t get to the bathroom in time. So we can have a little fun right here. “

In a video that was shared on social networks (and that we will not post here) you can see Urista pulling down his pants, and urinating on the fan, who had a can covering his face, and who, apparently, did not care what what happened.

When he finished, Urista pulled up his pants, turned away from the man, and yelled: “Security get the fuck out — this guy here!”

The next day, the band apologized on Twitter.

“We had a wonderful time last night Welcome to Rockville,” the publication said. Sophia got too excited. It was not something the rest of us expected, nor is it something that will be seen again in our performances. Thanks for coming to the show last night, Daytona. “

What’s up with this band?

According to Brass Against’s description, it is a “group of musicians who share the goal of creating music to inspire social and personal change.” Was Urista making a statement with his behavior? Maybe there weren’t enough bathrooms backstage?

Either way, what the 36-year-old “The Voice” contestant did is technically illegal, and against the law.

Had a police officer witnessed what she did, the Michigan-born singer would have been arrested and charged with indecency and exhibitionism, a first-degree misdemeanor under Florida law.

Criminal charges are unlikely to be brought against Urista, as no report of the incident was made, Messod Bendayan, a spokesman for a Daytona Beach police officer, told the Miami Herald on Monday.

Bendayan said one person complained to police: a mother, whose 16-year-old daughter was in public.

“No report was made of the incident, as we did not speak to the woman who raised the issue,” Bendayan said. “At first, the woman spoke with a county operator. Then we tried twice to talk to her, and we didn’t get any response. Beyond this, we will not comment on what happened. ”

Unfortunately, onstage eccentricities at rock ‘n’ roll shows aren’t really a rarity. Two musicians known for their extravagances come to mind: Ozzy Osbourne, who bit the head of a dead bat at a concert in Iowa in 1982, and Alice Cooper, whose head was “cut off” in front of the public more times than we have. we can remember with a prop guillotine.

Longtime fans of the group The Doors may remember when Jim Morrison was arrested in 1969 after being accused of exhibitionism at a concert at the former Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove.

The 25-year-old rocker was found guilty of indecent exhibitionism and outright obscenity, but the felony charge of lewd behavior and public drunkenness was dismissed. Morrison, born in Melbourne, Florida, was sentenced to six months in jail, and died just two years later in Paris of a drug overdose when his widely publicized case was under appeal.

For now, one thing is certain: Brass Against will not perform again at Daytona International Speedway for some time.

“The band will not be included in future programming at NASCAR events,” according to a statement that the company released to the press.

In a statement to the media, Rockville producer Danny Wimmer also denounced Urista’s public urination: “We do not condone the inappropriate behavior we saw, and we discussed the incident directly with the band, as well as with other artists to make sure that something similar does not happen again ”.

Translation of Jorge Posada

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A singer urinated in public at a concert in Florida. Will criminal charges be brought against you?