Another Beatle victimized by violence.
Ex-Mop Top George Harrison was stabbed at his London-area home today by a knife-wielding intruder, reports say.
Harrison, 56, was stabbed once in the chest before fending off the attacker. His wife, Olivia, suffered minor head injuries in the attack, but did not require hospitalization. The rock-‘n’-roll legend, meanwhile, was transported to Royal Berkshire Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
The attack, which reportedly took place sometime around 3:30 a.m. London time, was said to have shocked residents of the quiet, upper-class community of Henley-On-Thames. Harrison‘s estate was thought to be particularly well guarded. It reportedly featured 24-hour security, patrol dogs and barbed wire fencing. British authorities said they were investigating burglary as a possible motive.
A 33-year-old man — a resident of the Beatles‘ own Liverpool — was arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
“Taste in music is pretty far down the [list of] questions police initially ask a suspected murderer,” the flack said. “We are keeping an open mind on the motive.”
With the Beatles, Harrison ruled the pop-rock world in the 1960s and starred in the films “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) and “Help!” (1965). After the band’s split, Harrison, the so-called quiet Beatle (and the outfit’s lead guitarist), segued into solo music work, as well as a side career as a movie producer. Notable screen credits include: the 1979 Monty Python feature “The Life of Brian,” the Madonna–Sean Penn flop “Shanghai Surprise” (1986) and the acclaimed art-house hit “Withnail and I” (1987).