updated 10/01/2007 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/01/2007 AT 1:40 PM ET
Keith Urban was en route to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Sydney on Monday when he got into a motorcycle accident while being followed by a photographer, he said in a statement.
“Today’s incident was the result of one person’s desire to do his job and my desire to maintain my privacy,” he said through his U.S. publicist, Paul Freundlich.
“Some have already attempted to inflate the facts, but the reality is this: While out riding to an AA meeting, a time when my privacy is especially important to me, I felt myself being pursued. I sped up, and, in an effort to elude an oncoming car which was making an illegal u-turn, saw no choice but to drop my bike,” said Urban.
“In actual fact, my pursuer came to my assistance, without taking photos, and helped me from the road. I returned home, got my car and continued on my way,” he concluded.
Eyewitnesses to the mishap tell The Australian newspaper that the accident happened near Nicole Kidman’s Darling Point home while a photographer was pursuing Urban, 39, on another bike. The gutter where the incident occurred was chipped as a result, said the paper.
The Melbourne Herald-Sun also reported that those who observed the crash said the musician was uninjured but shaking after the incident.
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