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“DO NOT BITE ME”: Zombie Groupie Tastes ‘Walking Dead’ Star

norman reedus bit by fanWalking Dead’s Norman Reedus Bit By Fan At Convention

Norman Reedus got to experience actual fear of unscripted biting from a non-actor when an overzealous fangirl couldn’t resist biting him during a photo-op at the Walker Stalker convention. Rest assured, the attack was nonlethal and the biter immediately apologized for getting carried away. But the fact that it happened at all is still very weird.

Love Makes Us Do Crazy Things

If you’ve ever seen AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, you’re probably familiar with Daryl Dixon, the crossbow-wielding backwoods bad boy. He’s probably the most popular character in the whole show, due to how fun it is to watch him kill zombies. But the actor who plays Dixon, Norman Reedus, is a real person who has never actually had to worry about dead people biting him. Zombies may or may not exist, but in our world, they do not.

Still! Let’s not forget that zombies aren’t the only things creatures capable of biting. Anything with teeth and a, uh, mouth can also do it. Humans biting humans is just traditionally less televised than zombies biting humans.

Not this week!

Norman Reedus, that lucky boy, just met his first radicalized groupie. Not many celebs have a fanbase so devout, so passionate. The woman who bit Reedus — who’s been identified only by her Instagram handle: HarleyGurl68 — was just a little too hype to meet her favorite zombie hunter. When it was her turn to snap a pic with Reedus, she was overcome by the primal impulse to just… bite him on the chest.

“I Don’t Know What Came Over Me.”

Everybody was surprised, including HarleyGurl68. I guess she was filled to bursting with unadulterated love for Norman Reedus or Daryl Dixon. You’re probably assuming that the next part of the story involves security guards evicting HarleyGurl68 from the premises, and I can confirm this. Thankfully, her bite was more of a nip, and Norman Reedus seems more weirded out than anything. He’s not pressing charges, but he did propose establishing a “no bite zone” over his body in an Instagram post:

Um please don’t ??

A photo posted by norman reedus (@bigbaldhead) on

HarleyGurl68 also posted on Instagram after the incident and apologized for, you know, biting Norman Reedus and stuff. Beneath the photo she managed to take with Reedus before she bit him, her caption reads:

“Finally meet the love of my life, and get banned from the rest of the CON and lose two more $100 photo ops with him because I lost my mind… got so excited standing beside him… & just turned my head and bit him! I don’t know what came over me. It wasn’t my intention to hurt him. I’m sorry Norman!”

Yes, that is sad news for HarleyGurl68 — A person who loves Norman Reedus and his work so much that the temptation to bite him was irresistible. But also she should probably just be so, so thankful that the actor isn’t going to press charges. Because he definitely could have.

Biting Somebody = Assaulting Somebody

That’s how it works under Tennessee criminal law, and you could reasonably assume the same for America’s other 49 states. Tennessee legislation defines assault as intentional, knowing, or reckless infliction of bodily injury to another person.

Do bites cause injuries? Yes. Check. If Norman Reedus HAD filed a lawsuit against HarleyGurl68, the only question he’d have to answer is how the injury was caused. Recklessly? Intentionally? One might assume that, in the case of HarleyGurl68, the biting would be considered “reckless” in a courtroom.

Going a bit further, biting somebody could also be aggravated assault. This Norman Reedus incident wouldn’t be, though. For assault to be aggravated, either a weapon has to be used or displayed, or the injury has to be serious enough. For example, biting a chunk out of Norman Reedus’s neck would be aggravated assault even if a weapon wasn’t involved. Nibbling him on the chest could also be aggravated assault if the nibbler was holding a gun to his head.

Legal Representation For Violent Crimes Is Crucial!

Crimes of violence, like assault, are taken very seriously by lawmakers across the nation and Tennessee is no exception. Consequences are mostly severe and almost always follow offenders around for the rest of their lives. You don’t want to end up with assault on your criminal record.

When you start the legal process for assault case, whether you’re the victim or the accused, it’s absolutely necessary to do so under the advisement of a seasoned criminal attorney. At Turner Law Offices, P.C., our team has years of experience working with clients across a wide range of circumstances involving crimes of violence. The sooner you take action, the more security you’ll have during litigation — so don’t wait! Call today, or go online to set up your Free Initial Consultation, and meet with a skilled lawyer who’s ready and waiting to get you on track toward the justice you deserve.

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