Adam Lambert Posse Accused Of Battering Man, Throwing Phone In Boystown Bar

Shots and Pringles. Lambert at The Closet before the alleged incident.

Adam Lambert rolled into Chicago Tuesday ahead of his show with Queen at the United Center on Thursday—and he immediately went into The Closet. That’s a bar at 3325 North Broadway in the Boystown neighborhood.

And, a Lakeview man told police that a member of Lambert’s posse battered him and threw his phone across the bar, prompting a police response early Wednesday.

Lambert “seemed very nice.” His posse? “Rude. But they have British accents, so it’s endearing,” the victim said.

Chicago police confirmed that officers responded to the 3300 block of Broadway around 2:30 a.m. today where the man reported that a member of Lambert’s posse grabbed his cellphone out of his hand and threw it.  The offender then fled in a vehicle and no injuries were reported.

CWBChicago contacted the victim who confirmed the incident.

“He is an expert door climber from what I saw.”

“I was waiting in line for the bathroom, and this guy is hanging off of the door trim and Voguing. So I’m like, ‘well, that’s interesting’ and I took a picture of him.”


Moments later, a “little British man named Simon got into my face with another guy asking me what I’m doing and threatening me and saying I was prohibited from taking pictures in the bar. I had no idea who they were and I didn’t know who the guy hanging off of the door trim was.”

The victim says he soon “learned [Lambert] was. So, then I did take pictures so I’d have a record on my cloud of the people who had threatened me and who they were with. And I told the security guy that…I told him they could threaten all they wanted, but if they touched me, it would become a police issue.”

Lambert’s security (back to camera) and entourage

Returning to the bar, the victim and his friend were group texting a mutual friend when the “little British man” grabbed the victim’s arm, pulled the phone from his hand, and threw it across the bar, shattering it on the floor, the man said.

“I used my friend’s phone and called the police. They were very helpful,” but Simon and a friend left before officers arrived, the man said.

“They got into a silver Cadillac SUV. The police have photos of the car and the license plate,” he said.

As for Lambert, the victim says, “He seemed to be very generous with the drinks and he is an expert door climber from what I saw. He seems to know what he’s doing in those departments.”

And the phone? “It was brand new. Literally, I got it on Friday. The volume button and home screen buttons are busted.”

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