SOCIETY 1 frontman Matt "The Lord" Zane narrowly escaped a felony charge in Denver last week, following an incident at a SOCIETY 1/ORGY show at a local nightclub.
The incident began during SOCIETY 1's set when Zane stopped the show to confront a heckler who had been shouting relentless insults at the band. Zane offered the heckler, a woman later revealed to be 17 years of age, the chance to approach the stage and speak her mind about the band into the microphone. The heckler accepted Zane's offer but found herself humiliated in front of the entire room when, instead of allowing her to speak, Zane quickly removed the microphone and forced her face into his crotch.
After the show, Zane was apprehended by police officers who informed him the heckler had pressed sexual assault charges against him — a felony, considering her age. Luckily, the police had been on the premises since the start of the show and had witnessed the entire incident. They confided in Zane that they felt his conduct was acceptable within the context of the show but that they had to take the accusation seriously.
While the police waited for the heckler to calm down, Zane made his exit.
Meanwhile, back in Milwaukee, the city has declared it will be fining someone for Zane's recent onstage antics there, though who will pay the price is as yet undetermined.