Cops: Woman Freaked Out Over "Le Freak"

Repeated playing of disco hit prompted attack

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"Le Freak" Freakout

MARCH 3--Angered that her roommate was playing the Chic classic “Le Freak” “over and over again very loudly,” a Florida Woman allegedly battered the disco devotee during a 12:15 AM confrontation yesterday in the duo’s apartment, cops report.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mary Ann Lannon, 53, “became upset” after the 64-year-old victim--who is Lannon’s cousin--put the 1978 song on repeat.

Investigators allege that Lannon freaked out and pushed her kin into a “makeshift tiki bar, causing the bar to fall apart and the victim to strike her left eye on a speaker.” Lannon’s cousin, cops noted, suffered “severe swelling and bruising to the left eye.”

Lannon, who was arrested at the Tampa Bay-area apartment she shares with her cousin, was charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor. Seen above, Lannon was released Tuesday afternoon from the county jail on her own recognizance.

A judge has ordered Lannon to have no contact with the victim, whom she has lived with for the last five years.

“Le Freak,” written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards--both of whom were members of Chic--topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2018, the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress included the single among its “aural treasures worthy of preservation.”

Described as an “infectious, danceable confection,” “Le Freak” has become a “staple of wedding receptions, movie soundtracks and nightclubs,” according to the Library of Congress. (1 page)