- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2014

Country music star Tim McGraw fell short of apologizing Sunday after viral video showed him slapping a female fan who grabbed his pant leg at his Atlanta concert last weekend.

Mr. McGraw told ET Canada that he reacted in an “instinctive, defensive way” when a female concert attendee allegedly ripped his jeans.

Video released by TMZ showed the woman grab a piece of the singer’s already-ripped jeans as he walked away. He then turns around and swats the woman’s hands away, then slaps her across the side of the head.

“Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on,” he told the website. “I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around. But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on.

“It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it,” the Grammy winner added. “You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.”

TMZ reports that law enforcement officials said the slap was justified.

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