Police Search for Clues in Attack on Singer Gavin DeGraw

By Patrick Hedlund on August 15, 2011 1:33pm 

EAST VILLAGE — Police are intensifying efforts to find the attackers responsible for the brutal assault on pop star Gavin DeGraw last week that left the musician hospitalized with a concussion and broken nose.

Fliers recently appeared near the corner of East Sixth Street and First Avenue, where DeGraw was beaten around 4 a.m. on Aug. 8. They ask the public to provide any information relating to the beating that landed DeGraw in the hospital.

The 34-year-old singer — who co-owns the performance venue National Underground on East Houston Street — exchanged words with three men before one of them punched him in the face, police sources said. 

He commented via his Twitter page that “I don’t remember much,” after reports indicated he had been out drinking with friends before the attack.

His brother said the musician only drank cranberry juice prior to the assault, the New York Post reported. The paper added that the assailants didn’t know DeGraw and didn’t attempt to rob him.

An NYPD spokespman said the incident is currently under investigation and that no suspects have been identified. The department would not comment on whether DeGraw was intoxicated at the time of the attack.

The incident forced the singer to cancel at least 10 concerts and a television appearance, according to his website. DeGraw tweeted on Sunday that he is “still a little banged up, but I got thru it.”

The Catskills native is known for such hits as “Chariot” and “I Don’t Want to Be,” which is the theme song for the long-running television show “One Tree Hill.”

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