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Bassist For Madina Lake Tries To Save A Woman, Gets Severely Beaten!

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This is so tragic!

Madina Lake's bass player Matthew Leone was severely beaten by a woman's husband after he witnessed a domestic dispute and attempted to help her from being hit by her husband in his hometown of Chicago.

The woman's husband turned on Matthew, attacking him, leaving him with a broken jaw and nose and a fractured skull. The swelling in his brain was so severe, doctors had to remove one third of his skull.

His brother and Madina Lake frontman Nathan Leone has been by his side since he was put in the hospital earlier this week. Nathan says:

"Matthew is a hero in my book. He's an angel. He put himself at great harm. He walked about half way there and witnessed a guy beating on his wife. Where we come from, violence against women is absolutely disgusting…He got in the middle and tried to make sure she was okay. The guy proceeded to beat him from behind."

Luckily, Matthew is conscious and is talking now. Nathan adds:

"He does recognize me. It was touch and go for a while there, but at this point, things are starting to turn around, which is wonderful. The first couple of days, he couldn't recognize me or say anything coherent, but this morning he did. And now he's aware and talking and moving around a little, which is wonderful. So the prognosis is getting better by the hour.

We don't have health insurance. It's a horrible coincidence, because as we've been on tour, it's been hard to manage bills.

The outpouring of support has been amazing. Every band we've ever toured with, every Facebook and MySpace outlet has been going crazy with love and support. We've heard from friends, fans, neighbors, labels and management. It's honestly overwhelming. When something horrible happens, you're inclined to despise humanity, but this proves how many amazing people there are in the world…They helped save his life."

Chicago police have arrested the husband and charged him with a misdemeanor. He has yet to be charged in connection with Matthew's beating.


The Leone family is in our thoughts.

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74 comments to “Bassist For Madina Lake Tries To Save A Woman, Gets Severely Beaten!”

  1. 1

    can't we all just get along

  2. 2

    No idea who Medina Lake is, but this guy is a hero! I hope the bastard that did it rots in prison.

  3. 3


  4. 4

    This has been out for a long time, perez.

  5. 5

    This is sad…..you gonna tell me there weren't other people there to help out? I saw a report on TV which showed that more women get involved in these type of situations than men. SO KUDOS to him for getting involved.

  6. 6

    wow!!!! i heard of this band once!! but omg i cant believe how awesome and a hero this guy is i wish there were more guys like this for the rest of us single gals get blessed with a guy like this!!!i hope he has a speedy recovery god bless him!!!

  7. 7

    What a noble and brave man. It's absolutely disgusting that, not only did a man deem it appropriate to hit a woman (let along his wife) but then proceeded to do this to someone who was brave enough to help her. I hope the pathetic excuse for a man gets locked in a cage until he can be trusted to act like a normal human being.

  8. 8

    also, you can guarantee that this woman will go back to her husband. that's the most depressing thing in this story.

  9. 9

    Wonder if how many other people other than me sent in tips to get this posted? Sad how long it took.

  10. 10

    *mAdina lake

  11. 11

    i hope he's okay

  12. 12

    Bless you Matt for your courage and I wish you a fast a recovery. ladies if you are in the same situation as that women you need to take a stand for yourself and leave those fucking up to no good without a manhood pieces of shit assholes.

  13. 13

    poor matthew. just trying to do the right thing.
    this is very sad.
    i hope he'll be alright.
    Re: amycakes86 – i understand your comment and hope that girl leaves her husband but like you said, she probably won't and that IS the saddest part of this story..

  14. 14

    You forgot to mention that the WIFE who he saved — left him unconscious on the street after he risked his life in order to save hers.

  15. 15

    what kills me is that this wife is going to stick by her man anyway - even though people almost die trying to save her. the mental and emotional entrapment from abusive relationships will stand through anything…

  16. 16

    What a fucking awesome person this guy is. And to that fucking piece of shit of a husband. He needs to get his pathetic ass handed to him. You go dude from Medina lake. Hope he gets well soon.

  17. 17

    I adore Madina Lake - Matthew even more so after hearing about this. It still amazes me that there are still such good people out there willing to risk their own safety for another. I hope he recovers quickly.

  18. 18

    so sad! That guy really is a hero! I hope that douchebag woman beater gets his ass handed to him in prison!

  19. 19

    Re: Ashyxpaige – WOW! I guess she deserves to get her ass beat, what a bitch!!

  20. Busta says – reply to this


    THANK YOU Perez for FINALLY posting this. it's spelled MAdina Lake, but whatever…this story needs to be heard.

  21. 21

    Now that's my kinda guy. What a hero! God bless him.

  22. 22

    Re: lifesaabeach
    This might sound horrible, but I actually agree. Let her get her stupid fucking head caved in next time. Stupid whore.

  23. 23


  24. 24

    Re: Ashyxpaige – Well considering the husband beat him, I'm sure he took the wife with him after he tried to escape.. He probably would have beaten her more if she tried to help Matthew.

    Hope you're doing well Matthew, and I hope you recover fully. It's brave what you did and all your fans love you! :)

  25. 25

    Well..thanks for posting this. It's a lot better than most of the vapid stuff on this page. What Matthew did was so brave, he did something nine out of ten of us would never do and paid a terrible price. Sad, the way good deeds are rewarded these days.

  26. 26

    Goooooo Matthew! can't believe this though…… disgusting that women are capable of doing this……. I hope he's okay x

  27. 27

    damn downtown i thought this was south side chicago with all the crap that goes on downthere. but poor guy, thats so sad. hope he heals fast and soon. such a shame.

  28. 28

    Madena or Medina? What's your pick? Maybe proofread?

  29. 29

    Get better soon. AS any law enforcement will tell you -domestic disputes are the most dangerous. A gallant man who tried to help a lady. Your good deed will be rewarded.

  30. 30


  31. 31

    give me 3 minutes alone with that asshole in a room and i'll give him more than a misdemeanor to worry about…i don't even know why we put people like him on trial - HANG THE FKR!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, why are people against the death penalty when we have so many people like this guy who clearly don't want to live by the rules - GAME OVER - TRY AGAIN.

  32. 32

    I am really happy that you are covering this story as what Mattew did was sush a courageous thing, but what is really peeving me off is the fact that you spelt the name of the band wrong. It's Madina LAke not Medina Lake. Sorry just a pet peeve that you would think a 'journalist' would get right :/

  33. 33

    Ever since i heard this earlier this week my thoughts are them,
    It's so unbelievable that he got beaten up so bad by doing what everyone would have done or at least will think of doing when they see things like that happen in front of them. Matt is a hero! and I hope his progress continues to be this wonderfull!

    love for Matt and the rest of the guys and the families

  34. 34

    Since when is attempted murder a misdemeanor? I assume the wife isn't going to charge her husband with a crime. She needs to so justice can be served. She is no different than a woman who has been kidnapped and held without consent and then beaten. Even though she is with him by "free will", studies have shown that women in this situation are emotional hostages and are co-dependent with their abusers. They can't leave. This situation is also why so many people hesitate to jump in when they witness a crime. The consequences can be dire. A very sad story all around.

  35. 35

    Dude this happened like a week ago, wtf? You're so late.

  36. 36

    thats so random to find this on here of all places…i remember meeting them at a concert back in high school—amazing story, hope he's back in action soon :)

  37. 37

    Re: Ashyxpaige – wow, what a total bitch….although she must have been freaked out after seeing what her crazy ass husband did to him

    but that madina lake guy, that's a man right there…..so many people would just mind their own business and just pass on by, but for this guy to risk his life for someone they don't know, that's some awesome shit

  38. 38

    Re: MarioMonjack – You're Fucking Disgusting.

  39. 39

    Poor guy! He's a hero in my book!
    I hope the husband rots in jail. He needs to be under the JAIL.

  40. Zip says – reply to this


    The attacker should be charged with felonies in both beatings, as well, he should be charged for attempted murder of the musician. I have never heard of this group before, but the young man who came to this woman's defense is a Hero, and an Angel indeed!!!

  41. 41

    Re: MarioMonjack – Are you a misogynistic BASTARD on purpose, or were you born that way?

  42. 42

    It's mAdina lake not mEdina lake. come on perez..

  43. 43

    a MISDEMEANOR?!?!?!?!? are you fucking kidding me?!

    that is not justice. he wont even get any jail time.

    fucking America. fucking chicago. at least he didnt use an illegal GUN! haha.

  44. 44

    Re: amycakes86 – It wasn't included in this blog, but after the beating, she walked away with her husband.
    It's horrible. Hopefully, this man goes to jail for a long time so she can finally realize how to live independently.

  45. 45

    A noble endeavor but this guy should take some boxing lessons ( or self defense courses) and hit the gym. i'm not trying to sound like a dick but he got ROCKED. However, I salute him for defending a woman against a pig.

  46. 46

    awww. madina lake is so good live. i've met them twice. the twins are so hot! this is sad.

  47. 47

    Why do I have this feeling that the woman will go back to her crazy husband?

    Matthew Leone is truly a hero!

  48. 48

    It's mAdina lake, and he is a hero.
    I hope he gets well soon, I'm not surprised it took you a while to post it but I'm glad you did. He definitely deserves all the support he is getting and to be recognized.

  49. 49

    Woah, Matthew is a total great guy, it takes someone brave to do something so heroic like that..its sad that he had to suffer for his good deed in this horrific way. I hope he has a speedy recovery and that the guy gets put away for a long time.. how the hell is it a misdemeanor?!

  50. 50

    Re: amycakes86 – i'm pretty sure she will. they reported she ended leaving with her dick of a husband after the beating. that asshole needs to be charged asap.

  51. 51


    Hope that bastard gets thrown in jail for a while.


    And hope Mat makes it through. What he did was real heroism.


  52. 52

    Nice of you to post this - almost a week after it happened.

  53. 53

    Re: MarioMonjack – Your a misogynist PIG too on top of hating gays? Doesn't surprise me. Maybe YOU should be the one in the hospital with a broken jaw, neck, and skull, because thats what is going to happen to you someday if you keep this shit up!

  54. 54

    Re: SirTommyChadwick – Matthew's absolutely tiny, but he's a fit guy, former pro soccer player..Perez never mentioned that he won Fear Factor? Might give a clue that the guys pretty fearless too.

  55. 55

    This is devastating, but what makes it even worse is that 98% of guys today wouldn't even protect women, let alone put their lives on the line. What Matt did was remarkable, and for that, HE should be the type of guy women should seek and gravitate towards, NOT the likes of Kevin Federline and Eminem that guys nowadays emulate and girls swoon over. We need more men in the world like Matt because no woman should ever settle for any less than she deserves.

  56. 56

    It's a real shame. A man actually intervenes to help. The Chicago Police Department SUCKS!!!!

  57. 57

    hmm, gonna buy there album now, there single never take us alive is actually pretty good.

  58. @v@ says – reply to this


    Matthew is a hero. I hope someone starts a fund for his medical bills. He did the right thing, but I guess he shouldn't have gone in alone; there's strength in numbers; and I'd bet that if there's a next time, he'd call 911.

  59. 59

    This is a prime example of why people should not intervene. You always see hidden cameras of people walking by doing nothing which thats the best thing to do. Get to a safe distance, Call the police and give them a good description of the person. You have no idea if the guy thats roughing up a girl is carrying a firearm or a knife and stuff like this could happen. But kudos to him.

  60. 60

    Re: @v@ – they have - one place to donate is at sweetrelief.org

  61. 61

    Figures - hillbillies in Chicago.

  62. 62

    This story really hits home for me.. one of my friends was stabbed to death after defending his friend's mom while she was getting abused by the father. He died that night from 3 stab wounds to the abdomen. The saddest part is that he was only 18.. I hope that husband rots in hell along with the man who killed my friend.

  63. Mirax says – reply to this


    Re: You Know Like Totally – He has not been charged yet for what he did to Matthew. The reason is probably because they do not know how bad his injuries will be. The husband could get attempted murder and aggravated assault if Matthew continues to improve (what we are all hoping for), or who knows, if Matthew takes a turn for the worst and dies, than the husband he will be charged with 2nd degree murder. I really did not want to point that out, but that is probably why the husband has not been charged with anything yet.
    Either way, the guy will go away for years and years to prison, and hopefully this will give the wife a chance to finally leave him. You can't be threatened by someone that is behind bars for over a decade.

  64. 64

    Wow what a hero.

  65. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Shazze – Thanks.

  66. 66

    Don't know the details but the cops should have been called first and unless he had a way to truly deter this guy (a gun? baseball bat?)…keep away so something like this doesn't happen. And, if he injured the attacker he'd get arrested so don't get in the middle. My neighbors go at it in the street and I call the police and let them handle it. Sad stuff.

  67. 67

    That is so sad…All he was trying to do was help the woman and he gets a beat down which could've killed him. I hope the husband gets a very long jail sentence.

  68. 68

    how do you break up a fight with your back turned to someone? he got into something that didn't concern him and he got beat like a bitch. he deserved every bit of it. if he wanted to stop it so bad he should have called the cops. and his band sucks to boot

  69. 69

    He's awesome for jumping in to help that woman, too bad her husband isn't much of a man, just a disgusting animal, and attacked him. At least it wasn't the woman by herself, he could have killed her and no one would have known.

  70. 70

    Wtf is MEdina Lake you dumb fuck? Correct the spelling of your subject word.

  71. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: abduljahar – Hey, abduljar, decent American MEN don't agree with women getting beaten, and especially by a bigger man. Sometimes the beaten are dead before the cops can get there, so it's one of those split decisions that might help her life and might or might not cost you; but he had the giant b*lls to do it anyway. Sure, he'd have been better going in with another guy or two after calling the cops, but this is how it went down.

  72. 72

    Re: abduljahar – He was calling the police, and got jumped from the back.

    Can't understand how Perez manages to leave out big chunks of these articles..

  73. 73

    It is right in the title, but throughout the text it reads "Medina"… it is still Madina. They are pretty decent.

  74. 74

    I'm sorry, but WHO is this?