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Did Lord Bendover flip his wig?

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By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 21, 2011

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We almost didn’t recognize Nathaniel Freedberg in the photo that ran with yesterday’s story about an alleged assault at Brighton District Court. That’s because it was a mug shot, and Freedberg wasn’t wearing the ruffled shirt or powdered wig for which he is (almost) famous. Freedberg, of course, is Lord Bendover, the guitarist in the Upper Crust, the Boston band that briefly was touted as the next big thing in mid-’90s. (Director Rodman Flender made a documentary about the band called “Let Them Eat Rock.’’) Freedberg is in a spot of trouble at the moment because, according to police, he attacked a woman he thought had cut him off while driving his scooter. He is accused of using his helmet to break the woman’s car window. Freedberg made his first court appearance this week and was promptly attacked. Police say the woman’s husband, Fernando Castro-Laboy, grabbed Freedberg’s helmet and hit him on the head; Castro-Laboy was charged with assault and battery. Freedberg, who’s due in court Aug. 24, did not return a call yesterday. According to the band’s website, the Upper Crust is on temporary hiatus and has no shows planned.