Britney Spears might be seeking a bit more than just Amy right now. She could be looking for a new contractor.
Early Thursday morning, Rockey Lee Dickey Jr. and Alex Montes, two employees of one of the companies contracted to provide equipment for the Circus Starring Britney Spears tour, were picked up by Pittsburgh police for aggravated assault, E! News confirms. Spears is set to perform in the Pennsylvania city Friday evening.
According to a statement from the police, officers saw Dickey, 34, in a physical altercation with a 30-year-old male, reportedly named Matthew Boyle. When they approached, Dickey allegedly swung at the officer and Montes, 23, attempted to intervene, placing another officer in a headlock.
The cops had to use a Taser to subdue Dickey. Montes made a run for it but was picked up shortly thereafter.
"Both actors had very strong odors of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes," the police statement said. Both "will be charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, simple assault, public drunkenness and possible additional charges."
The two men were transported to the Allegheny County Jail. E! News has learned they were released a few hours later on $100,000 bail.
Dickey's mother, Dorothy Dickey, confirms to E! News exclusively that her son is traveling with the Spears road show doing lighting and rigging, a job he's done on various top tours, including those of Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg, since 1999. According to his mother, the single father of a 7-year-old boy has been arrested before, but not for assault.
"He is not violent," she says. "When someone has a problem, he lets them deal with it and doesn't get involved."
The victim was treated for injuries to his forehead and nose and was released. Neither officer was hurt.
By late Thursday, Spears' camp looked to distance itself from the fray.
"Neither of the men involved are employees of the tour or Ms. Spears," read a statement posted on the popster's website blog. "The two individuals have since been dismissed by their employer. The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour does not support or tolerate this type of behavior."
—Reporting by Ashley Fultz