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Tim McGraw calls swatting of fan 'unfortunate,' 'defensive' reaction

Wade Payne / Today
"You are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react," Tim McGraw said.

Country star Tim McGraw is speaking out about an incident in which he swatted a female fan on the head after she grabbed at him from the audience during his July 13 concert in Atlanta.

"Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on," McGraw told "ET Canada" on Sunday. "I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around. But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on."

McGraw was singing during his encore at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta when a female fan grabbed him, ripping his jeans in the process. A video of the incident obtained by TMZ shows McGraw's reaction to the woman, in which he can be seen trying to deflect her.

"It is one of those things that happens, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it," McGraw told "ET Canada" in an interview following a performance in Toronto over the weekend. "You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it."

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