BOSTON (CBS) — The attack on the street musician known as “Keytar Bear” appears to have been recorded.
WBZ-TV received a video from someone, who claims to know who is responsible for the assault.
The incident plays out just as the performer described. The attacker poses for a picture and shortly afterward, punches the bear hard in the nose. That’s where the video recording ends.
So far, Keytar Bear has not filed a report with Boston Police.
“I’m thinking it was a knockout game, but the way he ran off and taunted me, that was no knockout,” he told WBZ-TV.
The attack has put Keytar Bear in hibernation for a while, but on social media he’s gained cult status. Fans like Abby Taylor, who has seen him play frequently in Harvard Square, are trying to raise money to help the injured bear. More than $3,000 was raised in a mere 24 hours. An 18+ fundraiser is planned at the Middle East Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m., $10 per person.
“We want to let him know that Boston supports him,” said Taylor. “Just because one guy did something stupid doesn’t mean he should stop performing and it doesn’t mean Boston is not a safe place for him.”
Keytar Bear believes it’s the same person who attacked him at Faneuil Hall a month ago, throwing a bottle of “Snapple” at him and breaking some of the keys on his instrument.
“We’re musicians, we’re here to play music. Our intention is not to fight with anybody in the public,” he said.