Local cops are reportedly looking into Brass Against vocalist Sophia Urista, who urinated on a willing fan while onstage.
The incident occurred during a performance by the band at the Welcome to Rockville festival.
Urista called a fan up to the stage, told him to lie down, and then urinated on his face during the band’s performance.
The incident occurred on November 11 as the largely brass band, known for covering hard rock tunes, was performing “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine. Urista, who auditioned for the popular TV show “The Voice” in 2016 and wowed judge Miley Cyrus, is shown on camera lowering her trousers, bending over an ecstatic fan, and introducing viewers to a new type of live streaming.
The band soon apologized, saying that Urista “got carried away” and that “it’s not something you’ll see again at our shows,” but it’s now been reported that the Daytona Beach Police Department is investigating the incident, since it may have violated indecent exposure laws.
They said, “We had a great time last night at Welcome to Rockville. Sophia got carried away. That’s not something the rest of us expected, and it’s not something you’ll see again at our shows. Thanks for bringing it last night, Daytona.”
According to NME, the man on stage, as well as the band, assured fans online that he was a consenting participant who knew Sophia would urinate on him.
“Did he know he was going to get pissed on during the show?” one Twitter user asked the band, to which they answered, “Yes. Several comments made about peeing prior to it actually happening. Invited to stage.”
Urista chose a willing audience member who went on stage following the singer’s appeal “I gotta pee, and I can’t make it to the bathroom. So we might as well make a show out of it.”
When a fan complained to police, she was instructed to submit a report, which she did, according to Consequence. In Florida, it is prohibited for “a person to expose his or her sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner.”
According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, local police got a notice about the event on Facebook on Friday (November 13).
Spokesman Messod Bendayan said that the department’s criminal investigations branch will look into the situation next.
The maximum penalty for indecent exposure is a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
This stunt elicited varied reactions from the band’s fans. Some thought it was “disgusting,” while others thought it was amazing and a great act to define what rock is.
“That’s most punk rock thing I’ve seen in a long time,” one commenter said. “Keep up the great work. I’m going to have to catch the act.”
Another commentator recognized an opportunity.
“Why would u pee on that man?” she tweeted at Urista. “And are people really paying to get peed on? Cus I will definitely pee on u. DM me.”
According to the band’s website, it has shared the stage with performers such as Tool, Lenny Kravitz, Living Colour, and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. In the spring, they will go on a European tour.
“We are aware of the situation. We do not condone the inappropriate behaviour that was displayed and have addressed this directly with the band, as well as other artists to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again,” festival organizer Danny Wimmer said in a statement.